Hi-tech intervention to help combat litter on the east Antrim coast

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Carnlough Harbour.

TECHNOLOGY is to be deployed in the battle to combat litter – especially plastic – on the east Antrim coast.

A notice of motion was tabled at the February monthly meeting of Mid & East Antrim Borough Council in Ballymena, by Councillor Angela Smyth.

It called for ‘seabins’ to be deployed.

A seabin is a floating rubbish bin that is located in the water at marinas, docks, yacht clubs and commercial ports.

The seabin moves up and down with the range of tide collecting floating rubbish. Water is sucked in from the surface and passes through a catch bag.

Water is then pumped back into the marina leaving litter and debris trapped in the catch bag to be disposed of properly.

The notice of motion read: ‘Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has 62 miles of beautiful coastline that has seen an increase in tourism during the last number of years as we promote its tourism opportunities.

‘Unfortunately the marine environment suffers from an increasing amount of plastic waste and inshore litter which locals have always been keen to keep under control.

‘In order to assist local communities in keeping their areas tidy and free from litter, that this Council would purchase and install a number of seabins in order to improve this position and ensure future generations can enjoy this wonderful asset’.

Councillor Stephen Nicholl said: “Plastic litter is a plague”.

Councillor James McKeown said the shoreline from Ballygalley to Carnlough in many cases was a “disgrace” and he believed the council had “let down the ratepayers quite badly over the last couple of years”.

Councillors backed the motion.

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