From left to right: Fazilette Khan, Founder of the GreenSeas Trust; Councillor James Asser, Deputy Mayor of Newham and Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainable Transport and Dean Curtis, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of East London.
Fazilette Khan, Founder of the GreenSeas Trust, said: "Our main focus has always been education, so what better way to implement that than at a high-level educational institution like the University of East London, and the birthplace of the design that kickstarted the BinForGreenSeas.
"There are over 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in the sea and counting and we are dedicated to reducing our impact as much as possible with the help of our partnerships and volunteers."
Dean Curtis, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said: "We’re so proud to be the first university in the UK to receive and host a BinForGreenSeas which was designed by our impressive and outstanding alumni. It goes to show that the work our students do can really make a positive impact and change the world.
"Alarmingly, it is estimated that 94,000 microplastics per second flow down the River Thames. This is the highest measured rate of any river in the world.
"Working together with our partners in Newham and all over London, we can use projects like this to improve water quality in our city and help to save our ocean and marine systems."
Professor David Tann, Dean of the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering added that: "Our aim is to become the most sustainable university in London, embedding environmental practices into everything that we do, and we have committed to be net zero carbon by 2030.
"Our mission must go beyond our university and work with our east London community. By providing this educational bin, our neighbours and visitors who walk through our campus will see our dedication to sustainability and be able to learn more about how they can better dispose of plastics to protect our environment."
For more information see GreenSeas Trust, sustainability at UEL or the Sustainability Research Institute.