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These talented students can reduce ocean pollution with ‘seabin’

There is nothing that talented Pakistani cannot invent. From making the world’s first pencil swing to converting local Mehran cars into electric vehicles, we’ve done it all.

Talented students from the Usman Institute of Technology (UIT) have invented a special bin called ‘seabin’ that can clean seas.  The seabins are usually small floating devices that help to solve one of the world’s biggest environmental problems i.e. these bins can clean the pollution from water.

About eight million tonnes of plastic waste is added to the oceans every year, imagine this seabin can aid in cleaning it. While talking to MM news, Noman Ahmed student shared that their innovative device is specifically designed to clean the water from the dockyards. 

For Noman, dockyards should be cleaned on priority basis as it is usually covered with dirt, and oil which comes from boats. The student’s made seabins are installed near the dockyards and into the water where the device is adjusted to the sea level, if it’s high or low, it is manually balanced so the procedure can take place smoothly.

A supporting device designed with the seabin pushes it into the water so the water can be filtered and cleaning procedure can take place. When the seabin is pushed deep into the water, it sucks all the dirt, mostly waste from the depth, and when it is pulled out, another attached device called summer pump with its power separates oil from water and filters it. The total electricity consumed in this process is 1.5 kilovolts.

According to professor Atif Fareed, the supervisor of the project, the main and the most important feature of the seabin is it not only eliminates garbage from water but also cleans industrial waste from the sea, which is already polluted.

Industrial chemicals and waste which usually come from boats that contribute to sea pollution are the main targets of the seabins. The professor while celebrating more features of the device also unveiled an interesting fact that the industrial oil once extracted by the seabin from the water can be sold at Rs.40 per litre in the market. Yes, it can be recycled.

It took a whole month to create the seabin and it costed fairly Rs. 75,000 to innovate this useful masterpiece. According to the UIT professor, it will take 1.5 months only to completely clean the waste from the nearest coastal areas, if two to three more devices like these would be installed near the dockyards.