Posted 4th June

Whirlpool Corporation kicks off Seabin campaign around UK

4th June 2019 - 07:00am
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Whirlpool Corporation has installed a Seabin at Portishead Quays Marina in north Somerset to kick off its new initiative to support the reduction of plastic pollution around the coast of Britain, in partnership with LifeGate PlasticLess.

The Seabin is designed to collect and store plastic waste, from bottles to microfibres as small as 0.3mm, and can catch around 1.5kg of plastic waste per day – equating to more than 500kg each year. The marina water is sucked through the Seabin, filtering out the plastic, before being pumped back into the sea.

“This is our first LifeGate PlasticLess Seabin in the UK,” said Whirlpool Corporation UK public affairs director Ian Moverley. “We chose north Somerset as our first location as this is close to our industrial site at Yate near Bristol, which has over 100 years of manufacturing history and we are committed to serving communities where our colleagues work and live.

“Local children have also helped to mark the occasion. We introduced the initiative to Portishead Primary School who has a very active plastic waste campaign. The school joined us for the launch to see how the Seabin worked and how it will benefit them, the surrounding beaches and overall the local community,” he added. “The school has a very keen team of litter pickers and we are hoping that this will contribute to the school’s tremendous effort.”

LifeGate scientific director Simone Molteni added: “We are proud to be working with Whirlpool Corporation, a company strongly committed to sustainability and reducing plastic pollution. Whirlpool Corporation has committed to working with LifeGate PlasticLess in Europe, with 13 Seabins installed around Italy, while this is the first harbour in the UK.”

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