Floating waste collection

A new method for collecting floating waste is in use at ports in Norway and Denmark.

At a glance

  • Device for collecting marine waste along the coast
  • Floating bin which absorbs nearby surface debris
  • Used by several ports in Norway and Denmark

Plastic waste and other floating debris is a huge problem in coastal areas, especially in cities.

The first ever European-wide strategy on plastic waste, published earlier this year, specifically mentions port reception facilities as an area of concern. Waste from both ships and land gathers in ports and is often carried out to sea.

Oil spill technology

Based on technology from oil spill response systems, SpillTech has created the PortBin, a robust and simple device.

The PortBin mechanism works in much the same way as an oil skimmer. It sucks in surface water and debris from surrounding areas, filtering waste into a basket. When the basket fills with waste, it is easily emptied into a container and fitted back into the PortBin.

In Bergen, Norway, a single PortBin collected over 12 000 pieces of plastic in six months. About 60 per cent of the plastic came from single-use packaging for food and drink, as well as from other items for private consumption.

The PortBin will in time come in different sizes, including an XL version to be tested in Oslo, Norway later this year. It is the first of several devices being developed by SpillTech for marine waste collection. The company’s goal is to create a diverse “tool box” for handling waste at ports.

PortBin

Concrete benefits

The PortBin helps collect marine waste which would otherwise be floating in ports and harbours. It can make public areas cleaner and nicer, while protecting wildlife and giving ports environmental credentials. It can also lower the cost of waste collection in ports.

Market potential

Public awareness of the problems surrounding plastic waste and ocean waste is at an all-time high. Effective measures to handle such waste are only becoming more sought after.

PortBin was launched commercially in 2017 and is currently in use in eight Norwegian ports, as well as in Copenhagen, Denmark. SpillTech is also exploring market opportunities in Brazil, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, Malaysia, Portugal, Singapore, the UK and the US.

Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals

Get in touch

Trond Lindheim
Trond Lindheim
Product Manager / CEO
+47 954 80 443
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Company info

Logo SpillTech AS
SpillTech AS
Skovlyveien 7, NO-3160 Stokke, Norway
+47 954 80 443
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At a glance

  • Device for collecting marine waste along the coast
  • Floating bin which absorbs nearby surface debris
  • Used by several ports in Norway and Denmark

Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals

Get in touch

Trond Lindheim
Trond Lindheim
Product Manager / CEO
+47 954 80 443
Contact

Company info

Logo SpillTech AS
SpillTech AS
Skovlyveien 7, NO-3160 Stokke, Norway
+47 954 80 443
Contact