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21/06/2022 03:29 PM

An employee-led sustainability initiative has seen a single Seabin at Millers Point capture nearly 200kg of marine litter in just two months.

Port Authority of NSW Chief Executive Officer, Philip Holliday said the Seabin had captured 182.2kg of marine litter from Sydney Harbour, including 3,570 plastic fragments.

“The Seabin is removing rubbish from this site at an average rate of 3.2kg each day which Is significant for protecting the environment and marine life,” Mr Holliday said.

“Microplastics and microfibres were the most abundant plastic item capture and accounted for 41.3 per cent of the total plastics hauled into the Seabin.

“Port Authority is committed to protecting the marine environment and this initiative has proven highly effective for acting locally while thinking globally.

“Microplastics are a real challenge for our waterways globally so helping to remove waste floating in and around our own ports is important for Port Authority.”

Port Authority of NSW General Manager, Operations Sydney, Sarah Marshall, said the trial was the result of a group of passionate Port Authority employees who put the idea to the executive.

“We have a strong sustainability program in our business and this initiative is fully supported by our workforce, with 50 Port Officers volunteering to empty the Seabin whilst on day shift and record the weight collected,” Ms Marshall said.

“The Harbour is our office and this is a an effective way of cleaning the waters on which our people work each and every day.

“Port Authority is now looking to expand the project with another Seabin destined for another Sydney site in the coming months.”

Port Authority of NSW CEO Philip Holliday said it was great to see the workforce championing sustainability initiatives.

“Our people work everyday on the water – it is our passion -  and I’m really proud to see their proactive approach to improving our harbour for everyone,” Mr Holliday said.

The Seabin was installed at Port Authority’s Millers Point depot site, near Barangaroo in October 2021.