Friday, 02 August 2019 08:06

Italy: LifeGate – a solution to plastic in the Mediterranean?

EM4 19 News LifeGateOver 730 tonnes of plastic end up in the Mediterranean each day. The level of pollution in the Mediterranean poses a major threat to fisheries and the ecosystems in the region. Home to over 7.5% of known marine species, the continued contamination of these waters could endanger numerous organisms. One organization, however, might have the solution to this plastic crisis in the Mediterranean.

 

LifeGate PlasticLess was launched with the goal of protecting the health of the oceans. The project aims to help reduce pollution in the seas by collecting the plastic waste that accumulates in ports and marinas. The LifeGate PlasticLess Seabin device collects microplastics and microfibers as small as 2mm and 0.3mm respectively. The Seabin is a collection bin that floats in the water and can capture around 1.5kg of waste per day. In a given year a Seabin can remove as much as 500kg of waste from the ocean. A pump at the bottom of Seabin enables it to filter 25,000 liters of seawater an hour. While Seabins cannot be used in the open ocean because of their dependence on electricity they are extremely effective in areas like ports and harbors which are accumulation points for sea waste.

Italy has taken the lead in installing Seabins with the devises installed along the costs of Santa Margherita Ligure, Naples and Genoa. 25 SeaBins are currently operating across all of Italy. LifeGate PlasticLess hopes to expand its operation across all of Europe in order to remove plastic from the seas and prevent the continued contamination of fisheries.