03.05.2021

The marine litter collector Seabin starts its second season in Tallinn

On May 3rd, the second season of the sea waste skimmer Seabin was opened at the quay of the Tallinn Old City Harbour. The environmental education activities of the Tallinn Seabin have been selected as the partnership events of the European Union's Green Week 2021 to highlight the threat of marine litter to the aquatic environment.

This year's season of the Seabin was opened by Deputy Mayor Kalle Klandorf and Port of Tallinn Chairman Valdo Kalm. At the opening event, the exhibition "Save the Sea" of the Pernova Education Centre was revealed, which draws attention to the effects of marine litter in the environment around us.

"Marine litter has become a serious threat to the aquatic environment, and the Baltic Sea is one of the most affected seas in the world. Tallinn aspires to be a green sea city and reducing marine pollution is one of the key issues,” said Kalle Klandorf. "It is clear that one Seabin cannot clean the sea of ​​garbage, but it has a big role to play in environmental education activities. Children are taught to notice rubbish entering the sea and to be aware of its danger to the aquatic environment. Last season, more than 350 children from 12 kindergartens and 4 schools got acquainted with Seabin's work, and this year the educational program will continue. "

According to Valdo Kalm, the Port of Tallinn is pleased to launch the innovative litter collector Seabin in the Old City Harbour yacht marina for the second summer season in a row. “One of the priorities of sustainable development of the Port of Tallinn is the clean Baltic Sea. It is a pleasure that the city of Tallinn has the same goal, because cooperation is always more effective. In the Seabin project, we contribute to the cleanliness of the Baltic Sea, and it is also important to contribute to research and education of young people on environmental issues,” said Kalm.

With the help of Seabin, environmental education programs are conducted for kindergartens and schools in Tallinn. Children are introduced to the work of the sea litter collector: what kind of garbage gets into it, what types of garbage are there, how they are sorted and weighed, and where the garbage should be taken instead. It explains why waste discarded into sea poses a threat to the environment and why it is necessary to protect the sea.

So far, the Tallinn Seabin is only marine litter collector in Estonia. It arrived in Tallinn thanks to cooperation with the city of Helsinki. This year, the owner of the device, Wärtsilä Corporation (Finland), will rent the Seabin to the Tallinn Environment and Public Utilities Department from May to September. The Seabin is installed and maintained by the Port of Tallinn.

During the season, the tank of the marine litter collector is emptied of accumulated debris at regular intervals. Garbage is sorted by type and weighed and entered into the global Seabin project database. The results of last year's research showed that 81% of the waste collected during the project period from July to October was plastic waste. Cigarette buds (10%), bottles (7%) and tin cans (2%) were represented as human induced waste. The work of the sea garbage collector can be viewed here.

Tallinn Seabin´ website: www.tallinn.ee/est/keskkond/Seabin.

Additional information:

Mairi Enok
Leading specialist in environmental education
Mairi.Enok@tallinnlv.ee

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