Seabin planned for Gananoque marina

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Thousand Islands Association is partnering with the Town of Gananoque to bring the Seabin – a garbage bin that works like a large pool skimmer – to the municipal marina.

Council heard the Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR) has Seabins in stock and they were granted inventory at a reduced cost and thus would provide one at a reduced fee of $1200 annually for three years, after which time the unit becomes the property of the TIA and the TIA becomes responsible for all maintenance and operation.

Thousand Islands Association will cover this cost so that there are zero up-front costs to the town.

The Seabin requires installation in a relatively calm area attached to a floatable dock – this is one reason why the municipal marina is being considered as a location.

This installation would be completed by and overseen by members of the CGLR, the TIA and representatives of Gananoque.

Due to the nature of the Seabin and the marina activity, the actual location within the marina may need to be adjusted.

For the Seabin to operate at peak performance it must be attended to once a day and its contents removed and placed in the appropriate recycling containers.

It was requested that the summer student staff hired at the marina have this task added to their daily duties. This task should take no more than 15 to 20 minutes per day, council was told.

This duty would also be shared on an ad hoc basis with the local TIA members and the TIA summer student. The daily content information would be shared via an online app with Pollution Probe.

This could also be used as an outreach educational program with the local schools. Every month, TIA would conduct what is referred to as a "Deep Dive" into the contents of the Seabin and the information/contents shared with Pollution Probe via its online app.

TIA would produce and install a small sign at the Seabin site explaining the program and the cooperating partnership with the Town of Gananoque.

The Seabin must be removed at the end of the season and stored in a heated facility over the winter. This will be handled by the TIA.

"We at TIA feel that the Seabin would be a win-win opportunity for the Town, displaying your commitment to keeping our beautiful river and shoreline clean and free from plastic and garbage and it would help TIA fulfill its environmental commitments," stated a letter to the town from Stuart Arnett, co-chairman of Environment for TIA.

"If this is something that you would like to move forward with, we can finalize how the annual payment is to be made and we can start to plan the installation to take place in May before the main boating season starts to ramp up."

(Keith Dempsey is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)

Keith Dempsey, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times

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