EPA joins partners to introduce innovative trash capture devices to Delaware River Watershed
PHILADELPHIA (June 7, 2022) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency joined the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) and a private company called Seabin today to introduce a project studying the effectiveness of a network of floating trash capture devices in the Delaware River watershed.
During an event at the Bartram’s Garden dock in South Philadelphia, officials from Seabin demonstrated how the state-of-the-art devices can be placed at locations in the river for litter removal, data collection, trash monitoring and water quality monitoring. The two initial locations in the Delaware River watershed are at Bartram’s Garden and off the Pier 3 marina on the Delaware River in Philadelphia.
“Partnerships like this lead to innovation and accelerate progress,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Adam Ortiz. “We all hate seeing trash floating in our waters and this device is part of the solution. Not only is it pretty cool to watch, but the monitoring and maintenance of the devices can create jobs in public works and sciences.”
EPA is supporting the project by providing technical assistance, as well as $25,000 in Trash Free Waters funding to support education and outreach. The project also aligns with EPA’s focus on environmental justice as the targeted locations of Seabin’s platform will directly benefit overburdened communities in the Delaware River Watershed.
The trash capture devices – called Seabins – and a software platform have been installed primarily in marinas and urban places around the world. EPA, PDE and Seabin are undertaking a research project to place Seabins at locations in the Delaware River for litter removal and data collection through trash and water quality monitoring. Seabin, is leading the monitoring efforts with support from its partners.
EPA hopes that data collected by the Seabins could provide valuable information such as the types and volume of trash and its relationship to storms and flooding.
EPA’s support of this project does not constitute an endorsement of the products, services, or fundraising activities of PDE or Seabin.
For more information on EPA’s Trash Free Waters, visit: https://www.epa.gov/trash-free-waters