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Malta gets another seabin to suck up rubbish


Malta’s fourth seabin has been installed at Vittoriosa Waterfront.

The floating device will help rid the yacht marina of rubbish, oil and other debris.

Two workers from the Cleansing Department will be dedicated to emptying and maintaining the bins.

Seabins were introduced in Malta last summer.

Four have been installed so far – at Spinola Bay in St Julian’s, the yacht marina in Pieta and at the Senglea yacht marina.

By the end of the year it is hoped 19 seabins will be dotted around the coasts of Malta and Gozo, including Marsaxlokk, Marsalforn and St Paul’s Bay.

What is a seabin?

The floating device is designed to suck up floating rubbish and debris, such as plastic bottles and cigarette butts, from the water.

Each seabin can filter 25,000 litres of seawater per hour and scoop up 1.5kg of floating debris per day.

The idea was developed in Australia with the help of crowd-funding.

Seabins have already made a huge difference to harbours in places such as Gibraltar, Singapore, Ireland, Italy and the UK.

Read more: The Seabin Project