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Performance of SEAGOP (Sea Garbage Obtaining Pump Bin) in Magapo, Mati City, Davao Oriental, Philippines

The observation that there are too many plastics floating in the seawater of Magapo-3 led the researchers to develop and conduct this study to address floating marine debris problems. The researchers devised a version of Seabin V5 and called it, SEAGOP: Sea Garbage Obtaining Pump-bin to help control the growing issue of floating marine debris. This model was made of light materials which can help in maintaining its balance while on the water. Its core materials were sensors and SMS, which helps in notifying the person in charge if the bin was already full. It is a pump for sucking in the garbage and powered by batteries to keep the pump working. After testing and observing SEAGOP for seven days, it was able to collect 205 pieces of different waste materials, with the five most common floating marine debris: cellophane (31%), plastic wrappers (30%), leaves (8%), plastic bottles (6%), and face masks (5%). Furthermore, the results of the detection and SMS notification rate during the trials were 100% reliable. The device was further evaluated using the standard of ISO 9126 and resulted in an average of 4.68 functionality, 4.3 reliability, 4.9 usability, 4.6 efficiency, 4.46 maintainability, and 4.36 portability out of five. Results revealed that SEAGOP performed well in collecting floating marine debris, detecting, and sending SMS notifications when the bin is full. This can be further upgraded and funded by the local government to help minimize floating marine debris in the coastal areas of the Mati City.


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