Invented by Aussies Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, the innovative device is immersed in the water and “eats” floating plastic waste.

It sucks in water and plastic and pumps out clean water, and can catch up to 1.5 kilograms of waste per day.

Riccione is not the first Italian town to use the Seabin: the device has been implemented in waters in the regions of Veneto, Liguria, Campania and Sardinia.

The first Seabins were installed in the south of France and there are now hundreds in marinas and rivers across the world.

There are currently 719 Seabins in action, capturing a total of 1,952 kilograms of plastic waste a day.