The Town of Oakville recently announced that it will be installing Seabin devices at the Bronte Outer Harbour to remove plastic and debris from waterways.
In partnership with the Silver Salmon Community (SSC), the Town will be installing two Seabin waste collectors from May to October in an effort to keep waterways clean.
The Seabin is a water garbage bin and works by sucking in water from the surface, which passes through a catch bag inside the device that contains a submersible water pump.
The water, which is then pumped back into the marina, leaves litter and debris trapped in the catch bag.
The device does not pose any danger to marine life including fish and can collect litter ranging from larger plastics to microplastics, such as cigarette butts and disposable cups as well as hydrocarbons such as fuel and oil.
“The town is thrilled to participate in the innovative Seabin Project with Anglers Taking Action and contribute to a sustainable waterfront community,” said Mayor Rob Burton.
“The town is committed to protecting and preserving our waterways and natural spaces, and this device will allow us to remove litter and help educate the next generation for a cleaner and smarter future while helping make a more livable Oakville.”
The SSC will install and manage operations around the campaign as well as the devices while Town staff will be responsible for emptying the Seabins on a daily basis.
The contents will be analyzed as part of the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup project and weighed, photographed and uploaded to the University of Toronto’s Data Trapper Application.
“This pilot project will be a great opportunity to raise awareness and educate the public on preventing lake and ocean pollution,” said Chris Mark, Director of Parks and Open Space.
“The town will be reviewing the effectiveness of this project, and we hope to implement more Seabins in the coming years at both harbours, and on a more permanent basis.”
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