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Hundreds join our campaign to clear up Brighton beach
3:00pm Thursday 25th July 2013 in News
Hundreds of volunteers have backed The Argus big beach cleanup.
Firms across the city are getting behind the event on July 29 – and they are calling for others to join them for an hour to make our beach as safe and clean as possible.
As part of our Take It Home campaign, The Argus has joined forces with Brighton and Hove City Council and a growing army of firms to clean the beach of rubbish and waste following a busy weekend.
The Brighton Centre is producing full length banners for the building on Kings Road to promote the campaign.
The clean-up operation has the full support of Brighton and Hove City Council and Cityclean staff have pledged to clear all the waste collected on the morning.
The editor of The Argus, Michael Beard, said: “As a result of the appalling state the beach is left in after a warm weekend, we have launched a Take It Home campaign.
“Aimed at beachgoers, it asks them to take their rubbish with them when they have finished on the beach.
“To take this to the next level we have teamed up with the council to hold our own clean-up on the morning of Monday, July 29 from about 8.30am to 9.30am.
“The idea is to attract an army of volunteers from local businesses, restaurants, bars, attractions and hotels to join with us to clean up as much as we can.
“Hopefully the event and all the associated publicity will persuade people to start taking their litter home with them.”
Fiona Martin, solicitors Martin Searle in Marlborough Place, said her team would join in and she urged other business to do the same.
She said: “I love living in Brighton.
It is everyone’s responsibility to look after the beach.
It breaks my heart to see it filled with debris.”
Jason Kitcat, leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “I am committed to attending the clean-up on Monday and support The Argus campaign to help reduce littering in our city.”
Terri Lambert, Jilted Dog Art: “What can you say? It’s OK today, but at the weekend I had to shut at three because people couldn’t get up the stairs by my shop.
“As soon as the bins get full up, people pile more and more on top of it and it goes everywhere.
“More signs are needed to encourage people to please take their rubbish with them. But there are bins. There are big yellow ones around, but I just see people not using them.“It affects my business too. There’s always a long line of people sitting outside my shop and I hate to say it but it’s the foreign students.
“There are coach loads of them who descend on the beach and I would have thought the businesses which organise their trips would let them know what they need to do with regard to rubbish.
“More bins and more signs are needed. I’ll be helping out with the Take It Home campaign though and will be there on Monday with my litter picker.”
Karen Gebauer, from Bedfordshire: “I’m from Bedfordshire and am down for the day. I haven’t noticed it’s especially bad but I’m not here on a day-today basis.
“It’s a shame visitors are leaving their rubbish but it’s not me. I make a point of putting my rubbish in the bin. I’ve always been like it.
“I think it’s a British thing in general where people put their rubbish where they like. I came down on the train and it wasn’t exactly spotless.”
“I’d encourage my fellow tourists and day-visitors to bin it, especially if I saw littering going on first hand.”
Hayley Reader, Sea Life Centre: “There’s definitely a need for a campaign like this, especially in the hot weather. The rubbish that’s left on the beach is absolutely disgusting. We talk about it all the time in our turtle talks.
“If you see a plastic bag then take it home. It takes 100 years for a plastic bag to degrade and can stay in the water for that period too. Cigarette buts stay in the sea for ten or fifteen years too, we’re always talking about it at work.
“More signs are needed. More bins on the beach are needed – not just on the seafront - because people who have prams and things won’t be bothered to walk off the beach to bin their rubbish.
“I think you should get fined for the amount of litter you leave. If there are patrol people and they catch them leaving their rubbish, risk of a fine is an incentive for them to take it home.”
Gareth Halsall, Brighton: “I read in The Argus around 20 tonnes of rubbish was collected from the beach at the weekend and I couldn’t believe it.
“More bins would make sense. Signs for visitors too. But people themselves need to take responsibility.
“Would fines work? There may be trouble enforcing it. In Germany people take beer bottles and cans back to where they bought them and they get a refund for an excess they paid when they bought it. They should do that here. It’s a 25-year-old process that’s been done in other countries but not in Britain.
“We are behind in recycling, the whole lot. Germany were onto recycling and tackling rubbish in the 1980s.”
“I don’t understand why our Government is so behind in this kind of thing.
Stuart Walsh, Brighton: “The shops which benefit the most from people coming along the seafront and the beach are the big companies like Morrisons and Burger King, for example.
“Maybe some sort of levy could be introduced on them.
“In Ibiza you have to pay a tourist tax when you come over. Maybe one or two percent Brighton tax like they do elsewhere to help fund more bins and more signs.
The refunded bottles idea is great.
“People take the bottles to a supermarket and put them in a machine and get money back.”
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