The Malta Independent 19 September 2020, Saturday

MIDI sponsorship for Zibel Seabin

Friday, 7 August 2020, 14:44 Last update: about 2 months ago

5Kg of waste collected in first weekend

Zibel, an NGO focusing on environmental clean-ups and a healthier livelihood has installed a Norax seabin at the Manoel Island Yacht Marina, thanks to the support of MIDI plc. The installation of this latest Seabin was an instant success as 5kgs of waste was collected from the surrounding area on the first weekend.

The Norax Seabin unit is a floating debris interception device designed to be installed in the water of marinas, yacht clubs, ports and any water setting with a calm environment and services available. The Seabin can capture an estimated 1.5kgs of floating debris per day including micro-plastics up to 2mm in size. Water is sucked in from the surface and passes through a catch bag inside the Seabin, with a submersible water pump capable of displacing 25.000lph (litres per hour). The water is then pumped back into the marina leaving litter and debris trapped in the catch bag.

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Speaking about this collaboration, MIDI CEO Mark Portelli said that following our recent sponsorship for the provision of berthing facilities for Zibel's boat, MIDI is  proud to once again be collaborating with Zibel on this clean-up and environment friendly initiative. As the company which is responsible for the revitalisation of Manoel Island and Tigne Point, MIDI is extremely conscious of its environmental responsibilities and has always been at the forefront of supporting cultural and environmental initiatives.

Whilst thanking MIDI for their continuous support, Andrew Schembri, Co-founder and Chairman of Zibel said that, "the installation of the Seabin will help to ensure that the marine environment in the Manoel Island Yacht Marina and the surrounding area will be kept clean from all floating waste and debris. The Manoel Island Seabin, is the second to be installed in this area following the installation of another one in the yacht marina on the opposite side of the bay. These two seabins help to maintain a cleaner marina environment in the area."


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