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Sea(Bin) Dive!

August 5, 2022 @ 1:00 pm 3:00 pm

Join PortsToronto and the U of T Trash Team for a free (Sea)Bin Dive at Marina Quay West!

Since 2019, the Toronto Harbour has been home to trash trapping devices called Seabins that work to divert tens of thousands of pieces of small plastic from Lake Ontario each year. These floating waste bins act like a vaccum, scooping up floating debris as small as a grain of rice.

This year, the Trash Trapping Program is seeing its biggest year yet – with 12 Seabins deployed throughout the Toronto Harbour, including six right here on the Toronto Waterfront – and we want to celebrate with you!

Get hands-on with University of Toronto Trash Team researchers and learn how to characterize micro and macro plastics collected by the Trash Trapping Program’s Seabins on the Toronto Waterfront.

  • How do we get collected plastics/debris out of the Seabins? See a demonstration of the U of T Trash Team’s unique extraction technique and get up close and personal with the Seabins!
  • Get hands on and contribute to important plastic pollution research! Characterize macroplastics within bin materials and record results in a data sheet.
  • Learn about microplastics! Did you know that vegetation acts as a magnet for tiny microplastics? Learn more where microplastics come from, how we can remove them from the water and what we can do to prevent them from getting there in the first place.

The (Sea)Bin Dive is free, but space is limited.


August 5, 2022
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


PortsToronto & U of T Trash Team

Marina Quay West

539 Queens Quay West
Toronto, Ontario

Trash Trapping Program

The PortsToronto Trash Trapping Program employs trash trapping technology and solutions-based research to tackle plastic pollution and protect Toronto’s waters for future generations. It is led by PortsToronto and the U of T Trash Team, in partnership with the Waterfront Business Improvement Area (WBIA) and the City of Toronto BIA Office Innovation Grant, Nieuport Aviation, the Toronto ZooHarbourfront Centre and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). It is part of the Toronto Inner Harbour Floatables Strategy, a partnership led by TRCA, and of the International Trash Trapping Network, an initiative led by the U of T Trash Team and Ocean Conservancy, and has influenced the launch of similar trash trapping and data collection programs throughout the Great Lakes and beyond.

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