Plastic pollution in our seas, lakes and rivers is a growing problem in recent years. It is estimated that 8 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans every year with there already being 150 million tonnes in our oceans. The increased use of plastics and micro plastics in cosmetic products has partly led to this increase. In recent years there has been some innovative inventions to help reduce the problem of plastics in our waterways.
One of these is the Sea Bin V5. Connecting to a floating device and plugged into a 120v or 250v socket. It caches plastic and other waste which enters our Marinas, Yacht Clubs and Ports. It filters around 25,000 liters of water per hour and cleans it not only of plastic and waste but can also remove micro plastics, micro fibers and oil from the water. It is relatively cheap to run at an estimated cost of $3 per day and can catch up to 1.4 tonnes of debris.
In the UK there is also an app to monitor plastic in our waterways. Founded in London, Plastic Patrol allows for photos of plastic collected to be logged on to an app which inturn puts this on to a virtual map. Data from the app is then analysed by researchers at the University of Nottingham highlighting plastic pollution hot spots and allowing manufacturers who the plastic is coming from to be notified of what harm their plastic is causing.