Big bins in Wirral to help visitors #binit4beaches

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.”

For more tips on how you can help keep the beach clean during your visit please see out top 3 tips here.

Big bins at Wirral's beaches

Blackpool Council champions clean beaches

Blackpool Council, Keep Britain Tidy and LOVEmyBEACH are all partners working hard to keep Blackpool’s beaches and bathing waters clean under the campaign Keep Blackpool Tidy, especially during the busy Bank Holiday weekend.

Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader Blackpool Council explained some of the interventions put in place along the seafront this year:

There are over 200 litter bins on Blackpool’s promenade alone which are emptied each day and have a daily capacity to fill 6 double decker buses! During the summer an additional 24 bins are provided.

Blackpool has made great efforts to get the litter free message across to visitors installing 16 Keep Blackpool Tidy Wind Sails on the sea front to remind people of their responsibility. This message is repeated with the help of local school children and a ‘’Love my Beach’’ news jingle which is played from council service vehicles.

We are proud of our beaches and our team works hard to make sure that the beaches are clean and attractive at the start of every day. To keep them this way we urge people to take their litter home or use the bins provided.

Visitors can help by following these top tips on keeping the beach clean.

Flag of Keep Blackpool Tidy and Blackpool Tower

New Beach Clean Group in Formby

This summer local residents Tracy, Amber and Carla have taken it upon themselves to set up a new beach clean group in Formby.

Named the Formby and Freshfield Beach Litter Angels the group currently conduct 1 to 2 beach cleans a week, normally late in the evening in order to give people who work and those with young families the opportunity to get involved.

The group meet at Freshfield Squirrels car park, Victoria Road and spend one hour cleaning the beach of plastic pollution; some washed in and some sadly left by visitors.

Unfortunately equipment is limited at this early stage of the groups formation; LOVEmyBEACH have been able to support with some gloves and bin bags in the short term and will be working with the group and the National Trust to see what else can be arranged.

Please join them if you can, bringing along your own gloves and litter picker if you have one.

Click here to redirected to our volunteering calendar.

Formby & Freshfield Beach Litter Angels