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'It benefits ourselves and the environment': Seabin that collects plastic waste is launched in Howth Harbour

The initiative was started by local Rowan Byrne and saw a crowdfunding effort to make it happen.

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A ‘SEABIN’ WAS launched in Howth Harbour today to help collect plastic waste from the sea in the Dublin coastal town.

Local Rowan Byrne, who works as a marine biologist, kickstarted the initiative after he went walking around the harbour and saw the amount of plastic in the sea.

“I crowdfunded a bit… I spoke to my employers Mott McDonald and they gave me a few quid, the local community pitched in as well,” he says.

But he adds that Howth Harbour Master Harold ‘Harry’ McLoughlin was a big help in setting up the technology by paying for the installation and making sure that harbour staff are there to make regular checks on the device and empty it.

“I would love if we put more of these in the waterways,” says Byrne. 

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