Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 16th March 2023 Issue no. 1056
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4ocean’s harbour plastic pollution skimmers to maintain multiple marinas
4ocean has announced a partnership with Safe Harbor Marinas - the world's largest owner and operator of marinas, which will see Safe Harbor installing 4ocean's Harbor Skimmers at several of its 97 (and growing) locations with the intention of nationwide deployment over time.
In an effort to minimise ocean plastic pollution, Safe Harbor will install and utilise 4ocean's latest technology-the 4ocean Harbor Skimmer-as part of its pilot program to remove plastics and other pollution from marinas and harbours.
4ocean's Harbor Skimmer is a 450-gallon unit that acts like a pool skimmer for the ocean. As unwanted debris and plastic pollution float into the vicinity of the skimmer, they are gently sucked into the machine and held in the collection bin until it is serviced. The machine runs 24 hours a day and is monitored regularly by trained employees to ensure no wildlife is harmed during the cleaning process.
"We're proud to partner with the team at Safe Harbor because it gives us yet another way to remove trash from the ocean at scale while also educating the community on the effects of plastic pollution," says 4ocean’s Alex Schulze (pictured left, with fellow co-founder Andrew Cooper and the new Harbor Skimmer).
"We look forward to influencing positive environmental change together with Safe Harbor for many years to come."
In February 2020, the brands began working together to incorporate 4ocean Harbor Skimmers in several Safe Harbor locations throughout Florida, including: Safe Harbor Old Port Cove (North Palm Beach); Safe Harbor Calusa Island (Goodland); Safe Harbor Burnt Store (Punta Gorda); and Safe Harbor Pier 77 (Bradenton). The machines were strategically positioned in a location within each marina basin that tends to accumulate floating debris and plastic so that the skimmers can have maximum impact.
Baxter Underwood, Safe Harbor's CEO, says: "4ocean and Safe Harbor share a deeply held conviction to steward our planet's waterways, and we are honoured to partner with them.
"Together, we will improve the water quality at hundreds of harbors across the nation."
4ocean is a global company that actively removes rubbish from the ocean and coastlines, helps create sustainable economies around the world, and inspires individuals to work together for a cleaner ocean. Global cleanup operations are funded entirely through the sale of its products, where every item purchased funds the removal of one pound of trash from the ocean.
By creating jobs, utilising the latest technology and raising awareness about the impact of plastic and trash in the ocean, the company is building the first economy for ocean plastic and creating a cleaner, more sustainable future for the ocean.
Since its founding in 2017, 4ocean has removed more than eight million pounds of trash from the ocean and coastlines, a statistic that is documented and audited by the Better Business Bureau.
The company currently employs more than 300 people in the US, Indonesia, Haiti and Guatemala.
www.SHMarinas.com / www.4ocean.com
5th March 2020