A new Sea Bin is being trialled as part of the Plymouth’s ongoing commitment to tackle plastic pollution.
A Sea Bin is a floating rubbish bin that can annually capture 90,000 plastic bags, 35,700 disposable cups or 16,500 plastic bottles.
Queens Anne’s Battery Marina will host the trial of the Sea Bin to determine how beneficial it could be in Plymouth. The marina team will work in partnership with the University of Plymouth and Plymouth City Council to monitor collections of plastic and other waste.
“We’re delighted about this,” says Chris Price, manager at QAB. “Currently our staff remove any debris out of the marina with a net, making sure that we do our part in keeping the sea clean, and obviously our members and visitors happy.
“We’re going to locate the Sea Bin behind the pontoons. We’ll be there giving it a daily clean-out to make sure that any plastic, bottles, and bags etc are kept out of our beautiful waters.
“All of us at MDL are really excited about any innovation which helps the environment, we’re delighted that QAB has been chosen for this project.”
Mandy Tuite, Cobb's Quay Dock Master (and with MDL for eleven years) is about to set off on an amazing adventure. She’s walking the Camino to Santiago de Compostela, alongside her husband Adrian, to raise money for Prostate Cancer.
The journey follows a pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in the Spanish province of Galicia, believed to be the resting place of St James the Apostle.
Mandy describes the walk she and Adrian are undertaking as going over the Pyrenees, down the other side and turning right. But it’s not as simple as that. Their destination (to reach Santiago de Compostela from Saint Jean Pied de Port) is a long long way at 550 miles. It can take people 35 days, but she and her husband are planning on six weeks, taking it as easy as they fancy, given that he is suffering from the disease they’re aiming to raise money to fight: Prostrate Cancer.
“We’ve wanted to do this for about five years,” Mandy explains. “It’s a good walk and is on our bucket list. We walk our dogs every day, so it’s not daunting. And Adrian has walked Britain twice, and together we’ve done the Coast to Coast, the Dales Way and the National Three Peaks (climbing Scafell, Snowdon and Ben Nevis in under 24 hours).
“We’re staying in camping barns along the way. All we need to take is good boots, good socks, earplugs and lavender to help beat the bed bugs.” According to Mandy, those are a national menace especially at the end of the summer season, which is why they’re setting off this Spring. And, of course, they’ll get to see an amazing array of wild flowers.
You can support Mandy’s fundraising and follow them on Facebook - Adrian and Mandy's Camino de Compostella.
Voted for by members of the public and marina berth holders, the prestigious Marina of the Year awards focus on the quality of the marina facilities and the customer service received from the marina staff.
“We are delighted to receive this award and it is testament to the hard work of the team here at Torquay Marina. Knowing that this accolade is voted for by our customers on the strength of the customer service they receive makes it all the more valuable to us,” comments Mike Smith, Torquay Marina Manager.
“The whole process has allowed us to find out more about our customers, visitors and annual berth holders, and what is important to them. We can now take what we have learnt and further put this at the heart of what we do, therefore, continuing to improve so that we offer the best marina experience possible.”
The award will be officially presented to representatives from Torquay Marina on the 24th April at the bi-annual Marina Conference in Bournemouth.