Two huge red bulk waste bins are in place in West Kirby and New Brighton this Bank Holiday weekend and everyday throughout the summer at New Brighton – as part of Wirral council’s response to keep the beaches and seas clean, enabling visitors to #binit4beaches.
The bins – one in West Kirby and one in New Brighton – will be placed close to the beach and promenade and will be taken away to be emptied on Monday mornings.
Combined with the skips and public litter bins already in place around each resort, the massive capacity of the new bins should mean there can be no excuse for weekend visitors to leave their litter behind or next to an already-full bin.
Cllr Matthew Patrick, the new Wirral Council Cabinet member for Environment, said: “I was horrified by the complaints and photographs we received during the early May bank holiday – rubbish piled up alongside overflowing litter bins and other litter left behind on the beach or pavement.
“Though there were crews from our waste partner, Biffa, on duty all weekend emptying litter bins and carrying out street cleansing, it was clear that the sheer volume of waste generated by the large number of visitors attracted to our beautiful coastline by the fine weather had proved overwhelming.
“After that weekend, the council immediately carried out a review of existing arrangements and one of the outcomes of that was the idea of providing these large bulk waste bins in public areas at peak times. We hope that residents and visitors will share our commitment to keeping our attractions clean, tidy and free from litter.”
“We each have an individual responsibility for disposing of our waste in a responsible manner. If, for any reason, one of the public bins is full – find another one. Or if there isn’t another one in sight or within a reasonable distance, take your waste with you until you do find a bin. Alternately, take it home and recycle it.”
Local beach clean volunteer and coordinator of the High Tidier’s Pete added: “I was delighted to see the council’s response to the concerns about the bank holiday weekend; placing a fantastic new bin at the entrance to West Kirby beach. I honestly believe that this rapid response to our concerns was helped along by the sheer numbers of volunteers who have cleaned the beach. A lovely example of a community in partnership with it’s council.”
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