Beach fun in the sun brings litter by tonne at Brighton and Hove

Beach fun in the sun brings litter by tonne at Brighton and Hove

Beach fun in the sun brings litter by tonne at Brighton and Hove

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Lazy litterbugs left 21 tonnes of rubbish on the city’s seafront this weekend.

As the mercury remained high on Saturday and Sunday, visitors again took to our world-famous seafront.

But after the 50,000 tourists had finished their ice-creams and departed the city for home, they left behind a grim reminder of their fun day in the sun – the equivalent of one-week’s worth of the rubbish from 1,000 homes.

Nappies, beer cans, plastic bags and even a portable barbecue and chair were collected by cleaners.

Brighton and Hove City Council normally employs 20 seasonal cleaning staff to collect and remove rubbish from the beach at this time of year.

But town hall bosses have been forced to draft in a further 10 litter pickers to cope.

Next week on Monday, July 29, our Take It Home campaign will swing into action with a Big Beach Clean-up operation.

The Argus is teaming up with Brighton and Hove City Council, as well as a number of local businesses including the Sea Life Centre, Southern Water, Donatello restaurant, Fugu PR, Legal and General and Simon Kirby MP, to clean the beach after a heaving weekend of tourists.

Our aim is to preserve the beach – our city’s greatest attraction – and keep it clean and pristine.

Mike Weatherley, MP for Hove and Portslade, has tabled a number of written parliamentary questions asking what ministers have done to tackle the litter problem.

He said: “Litter is a big problem right across the country.

“Unfortunately, an army of litterbugs defy conventional wisdom of using bins and instead simply use our streets and outdoor spaces.

“The wonderful beaches of Brighton and Hove, for example, have recently been plagued by beachgoers leaving mountains of litter.

“I hope that my ministerial colleagues will be leading the way in keeping Britain tidy.”

If you’re an individual or a business and want to take part in the Big Beach Clean-up, e-mail takeithome@theargus.co.uk with your details.

All cleaning equipment will be provided free of charge on the day of the clean.

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4:24pm Tue 23 Jul 13

kopite_rob says...

Whilst I applaud the local effort going into picking up after other peoples laziness ( I dread to think what the state of our visitors own homes must look like )
Surely the onus is on Brighton's visitors to stop being idle lazy fat pigs and pick up their own mess.
Whilst I applaud the local effort going into picking up after other peoples laziness ( I dread to think what the state of our visitors own homes must look like ) Surely the onus is on Brighton's visitors to stop being idle lazy fat pigs and pick up their own mess. kopite_rob
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4:35pm Tue 23 Jul 13

Mythomania says...

.................

How other more organised Councils do it with twice the number of visitors....
Bournemouth council has announced that street services teams will work round the clock in a bid to keep the town tidy.

Four extra teams will be working in the town centre, Charminster and Winton. There will be twice as many bin collections and special hit teams are targeting specific areas. The Beach will be cleared through the night and the streets swept and cleaned. “We have beach rangers manning the beaches and litter picks every morning and evening but we still want people to clean up after themselves.”

More solar-powered compacting bins have been installed from the Travel Interchange down to Horseshoe Common as they can hold more litter and text the council to tell them when they need emptying.

Stuart Best, Street Services Manager, said: “The prolonged spell of glorious weather does mean the team is experiencing an increase in the volume of litter they deal with. In addition, with so many people enjoying barbecues and entertaining at home, our refuse lorries are filling up quicker.

"Our staff have been working extremely hard even in these hot temperatures to keep the streets clean and are committed to ensuring that the town remains looking its best for our residents and visitors.’’

We truly have the Council we deserve....and the visitors....
................. How other more organised Councils do it with twice the number of visitors.... Bournemouth council has announced that street services teams will work round the clock in a bid to keep the town tidy. Four extra teams will be working in the town centre, Charminster and Winton. There will be twice as many bin collections and special hit teams are targeting specific areas. The Beach will be cleared through the night and the streets swept and cleaned. “We have beach rangers manning the beaches and litter picks every morning and evening but we still want people to clean up after themselves.” More solar-powered compacting bins have been installed from the Travel Interchange down to Horseshoe Common as they can hold more litter and text the council to tell them when they need emptying. Stuart Best, Street Services Manager, said: “The prolonged spell of glorious weather does mean the team is experiencing an increase in the volume of litter they deal with. In addition, with so many people enjoying barbecues and entertaining at home, our refuse lorries are filling up quicker. "Our staff have been working extremely hard even in these hot temperatures to keep the streets clean and are committed to ensuring that the town remains looking its best for our residents and visitors.’’ We truly have the Council we deserve....and the visitors.... Mythomania
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4:38pm Tue 23 Jul 13

Thay Qon U says...

Whilst prevention would be better than any cure, I've noticed that a lot of the rubbish is left piled up by the rubbish bins. It seems that (some) people are trying to tidy up after themselves, but the available rubbish bins aren't big enough or sufficient to cope.

Maybe BHCC needs to provide more rubbish bins along the sea-front(and I don't just mean the stretch from Palace/Brighton Pier to West Pier)?
Whilst prevention would be better than any cure, I've noticed that a lot of the rubbish is left piled up by the rubbish bins. It seems that (some) people are trying to tidy up after themselves, but the available rubbish bins aren't big enough or sufficient to cope. Maybe BHCC needs to provide more rubbish bins along the sea-front(and I don't just mean the stretch from Palace/Brighton Pier to West Pier)? Thay Qon U
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4:42pm Tue 23 Jul 13

Crystal Ball says...

Third week on the trot the Schmargus has reported litter on the beaches after a warm and busy weekend.

Will they keep this up after each weekend?
Third week on the trot the Schmargus has reported litter on the beaches after a warm and busy weekend. Will they keep this up after each weekend? Crystal Ball
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4:55pm Tue 23 Jul 13

Hoveres2013 says...

What a ridiculous article and what a ridiculous and sad case to have to ask local residents to help clean up the rubbish. We are a town that relies on tourism and we are now criticising those that visit. This is just not a true reflection of the issue, The issue is this, there are NOT enough bins provided, 95% of the litter is left propped up against full up bins and is scattered about by birds and other vermin. This 'City' seriously needs a decent council that a have a clue how to run it! Is it not obvious to anyone walking along the beach that there simply are not enough bins? The answer, from the Greens, Take your litter home??? Why, so we can have it piling up in our communal bins while our bin men strike due to your incompetence. You are a JOKE of a council and the sooner you are gone the better. More bins is the obvious answer to anyone with an iq over 15, How do tourist towns around the country cope? Its a pathetic story and no wonder newspapers are in decline if they run ridiculous stories like this.... Rant over, Im off to empty my bin
What a ridiculous article and what a ridiculous and sad case to have to ask local residents to help clean up the rubbish. We are a town that relies on tourism and we are now criticising those that visit. This is just not a true reflection of the issue, The issue is this, there are NOT enough bins provided, 95% of the litter is left propped up against full up bins and is scattered about by birds and other vermin. This 'City' seriously needs a decent council that a have a clue how to run it! Is it not obvious to anyone walking along the beach that there simply are not enough bins? The answer, from the Greens, Take your litter home??? Why, so we can have it piling up in our communal bins while our bin men strike due to your incompetence. You are a JOKE of a council and the sooner you are gone the better. More bins is the obvious answer to anyone with an iq over 15, How do tourist towns around the country cope? Its a pathetic story and no wonder newspapers are in decline if they run ridiculous stories like this.... Rant over, Im off to empty my bin Hoveres2013
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5:08pm Tue 23 Jul 13

Joshiman says...

Dont get it.Other Councils fine them.It would be cheaper to employ a few litter wardens and give them the authority to issue instant fines.Same goes for barbeques in non designated areas.
Its so simple.We are just so PC
Dont get it.Other Councils fine them.It would be cheaper to employ a few litter wardens and give them the authority to issue instant fines.Same goes for barbeques in non designated areas. Its so simple.We are just so PC Joshiman
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5:36pm Tue 23 Jul 13

Minion says...

They should have wardens walking around to fine people seen walking away from rubbish on the beach. Big fines, too.
They should have wardens walking around to fine people seen walking away from rubbish on the beach. Big fines, too. Minion
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8:49pm Tue 23 Jul 13

Dave At Home says...

½kg of rubbish per person is a lot of rubbish, if it were just sweet wrappers etc then you could have a big black sack full.... think the figures are a bit inaccurate but yeah they need more bins and more collections/collecto
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½kg of rubbish per person is a lot of rubbish, if it were just sweet wrappers etc then you could have a big black sack full.... think the figures are a bit inaccurate but yeah they need more bins and more collections/collecto rs. Dave At Home
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7:13am Wed 24 Jul 13

HJarrs says...

When I was on the busy sea front at 8pm on Sunday there was not a huge amount of litter on the beach. Clearly, Cityclean had done a sterling job. Well done.
When I was on the busy sea front at 8pm on Sunday there was not a huge amount of litter on the beach. Clearly, Cityclean had done a sterling job. Well done. HJarrs
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7:55am Wed 24 Jul 13

Mythomania says...

HJarrs wrote:
When I was on the busy sea front at 8pm on Sunday there was not a huge amount of litter on the beach. Clearly, Cityclean had done a sterling job. Well done.
Either you are insinuating that the Argus is lying, or you are lying. Which is it?
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: When I was on the busy sea front at 8pm on Sunday there was not a huge amount of litter on the beach. Clearly, Cityclean had done a sterling job. Well done.[/p][/quote]Either you are insinuating that the Argus is lying, or you are lying. Which is it? Mythomania
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8:24am Wed 24 Jul 13

Mythomania says...

Mike Weatherley, MP for Hove and Portslade, has tabled a number of written parliamentary questions asking what ministers have done to tackle the litter problem.

He said: “Litter is a big problem right across the country.

“Unfortunately, an army of litterbugs defy conventional wisdom of using bins and instead simply use our streets and outdoor spaces.

“The wonderful beaches of Brighton and Hove, for example, have recently been plagued by beachgoers leaving mountains of litter.

“I hope that my ministerial colleagues will be leading the way in keeping Britain tidy.”


Hahahahahahahahahaha
haha

Stop taxing yourself mentally Mike, enjoy your 'exotic location' holidays and the working girls you meet...
Mike Weatherley, MP for Hove and Portslade, has tabled a number of written parliamentary questions asking what ministers have done to tackle the litter problem. He said: “Litter is a big problem right across the country. “Unfortunately, an army of litterbugs defy conventional wisdom of using bins and instead simply use our streets and outdoor spaces. “The wonderful beaches of Brighton and Hove, for example, have recently been plagued by beachgoers leaving mountains of litter. “I hope that my ministerial colleagues will be leading the way in keeping Britain tidy.” Hahahahahahahahahaha haha Stop taxing yourself mentally Mike, enjoy your 'exotic location' holidays and the working girls you meet... Mythomania
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9:43am Sat 27 Jul 13

Joshiman says...

Litter wardens with instant sixty pound fines for dropping litter would be an obvious answer.
Litter wardens with instant sixty pound fines for dropping litter would be an obvious answer. Joshiman
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