Over 23 tonnes of rubbish was collected from the beach this weekend (August 18 and 19). This is the most Brighton & Hove City Council has collected in one weekend this year.
60 extra litter bins were also placed along the seafront and the Hove lawns area, and 15 additional 3200 litre street bins and 8 additional 1100 litre bins were put around the city centre and sea front area.
The beach front and city centre street cleansing team worked between 6am and 10pm.
Mike Weatherley, the Conservative MP for Hove and Portslade, has joined the call for visitors to Brighton & Hove beaches to take their rubbish away with them when they leave for the day. One of Mike’s resident complained to him that the state of the beaches in the early hours of Sunday morning was more akin to small landfill sites than award-winning beaches.
“It’s certainly not too much to ask that people take any rubbish that they create when visiting our wonderful beaches. Unfortunately, I am sure that people who live in Brighton & Hove are just as guilty as those who visit from outside the City, but if everyone just took care of the rubbish that they created then it would really help and save a lot of taxpayers’ money having to be spent on clearing it all up.”
There will be extra provisions made for the bank holiday weekend and Pride.
Councillor Ollie Sykes said:
“Brighton & Hove has really managed to pull in the crowds this summer. We employ 20 extra seasonal staff for the summer months to deal with the increase in visitors. The beach has been particularly busy, and our beach cleaners have been working hard to deal with the massive amount of litter left on the beach.
“We ask that people dispose of their litter responsibly by recycling using the bins provided for this, and otherwise using the litter bins or taking waste home for disposal. We urge everyone not to leave waste on the beach as this is unpleasant and can be dangerous.”