A new 'Seabin' has been installed in Ocean Village Marina, Southampton, with the aim of catching floating litter such as plastic bottles and microplastics.
The new technology will sit in the north east corner of the marina and move up and down with the tide.
By passing through a fine mesh bag, it will be able to catch plastic as small as 2mm in diameter.
A single Seabin can collect up to 1.4 tons of litter annually, which is similar to 90,000 plastic bags or 35,700 disposable cups.
The installation of the device costs about £5,500, but can cost as little as 80p to run each day.
The project represents a collaboration between organisations , apart of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust's marine project, Secrets of the Solent.
(The Seabin is expected to collect up to 1.4 tons of litter every year)
Tim Ferrero, Secrets of the Solent Project Manager, said:
“We’re delighted to have played our part in this Seabin installation.
"Seabins help address the global problem of plastics in the environment both by collecting some of the existing litter and by raising awareness about the issue.
"Hopefully when people see the Seabin at Ocean Village Marina, and the plastic it collects, they will be inspired to think about reducing the disposable plastics they use and taking extra care to recycle or dispose of them responsibly.”
(Secrets of the Solent Project Manager, Tim Ferrero, speaking at the launch of the Seabin)
Nick Loader, Chief Operating Officer at DP World, said:
“The Solent is an important marine environment which we must protect for future generations.
"It is also vital to our business and to the health and prosperity of Southampton.
"We are proud to sponsor this Seabin as one element of our ongoing partnership with Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife trust.
"DP World’s global sustainability programme recognises the need to undertake robust ocean stewardship and combat pollution to the waterways on which we all depend.”
Several Seabins will be installed across the Solent, with this particular one funded by DP World Southampton and maintained by MDL Marinas.