Council considering installing more seafront bins on busy days after litter is left on Weston beach

PUBLISHED: 10:00 16 May 2018

Sunny Bank Holiday Weston seafront.

Sunny Bank Holiday Weston seafront.

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The number of bins available during busy periods on Weston-super-Mare seafront could be increased after a huge amount of litter was left behind during the bank holiday weekend.

Beach rubbish. Picture: Joanna Critchley-PeacockBeach rubbish. Picture: Joanna Critchley-Peacock

Weston was especially busy during the three-day weekend at the start of the month, with 12.000 seafront parking tickets sold this year compared to 4,000 12 months ago.

North Somerset Council is looking into how it can better manage the litter problem, ahead of the next bank holiday on May 26-28.

Liberal Democrat councillor Mike Bell said: “Lots of residents have contacted me about rubbish in the seafront and parks over the bank holiday weekend.

“There were some issues with bins not being emptied frequently enough and with visitors leaving rubbish behind them.

Sunny Bank Holiday Weston seafront.Sunny Bank Holiday Weston seafront.

“I’ve raised this with council officers to ask them to look again at what can be done to learn lessons for the future.

“I’ve also asked that the council look at best practice from elsewhere to see what more could be done to encourage responsible citizenship.

“I’ve suggested we could look at things ranging from improved signs to encourage people to use bins/take rubbish home, through to offering discounts on car parking if people take a bag of litter (their own or collected) to the seafront office.”

Cllr Bell was told there were additional staff working on the evenings of May 6 and 7, but it was difficult for them to return the seafront to a high standard because so many people were still around.

A council officer told Cllr Bell: “Again on speaking with Glendale (council contractor for beach management) and the seafront team, staff cleaning these areas worked extremely hard each morning to return these areas to a high standard.

“We have discussed improvements and it is around your point of encouraging disposal of items by people as they leave, as the provision of large wheeled bins was inadequate partly because the area was too busy to safely manoeuvre them to be emptied.

“There was also a confused use of the large recycling bins which, regrettably, due to high contamination levels within them, would probably be better swapped over for residual waste.

“We will therefore look to have additional quantities of bins available for use at peak times.”

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