26 May 2016

Go litter free this bank holiday

With the Spring bank holiday and school half-term coming up next week, Brighton & Hove City Council is encouraging everyone to take responsibility for picking up and disposing of litter safely.

The council is putting out additional bins on the beach and on some popular green spaces such as the Old Steine and Hove Lawns. The extra bins include distinctive yellow ones which have been successfully used in recent years during busy periods.

Over the last Bank Holiday weekend the city council’s street cleaning teams collected 24 tonnes of rubbish each day from the beach and the communal bins along the seafront.

Crews work from 5am to 10pm seven days a week and empty litter bins on the seafront and in the city centre several times each day, so help and support from the public is greatly appreciated.

Council staff and volunteers have been working hard to make sure the city’s parks and green spaces are in good condition for the holiday season and the council is asking visitors to look after these too and to recycle where possible. 

Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of the city’s environment committee, said: “We have some fabulous open spaces and great facilities and people love coming here to relax and soak up the atmosphere.

“We want to encourage people to take pride in our city and help us keep it clean and tidy for everyone to enjoy. Cityclean do a great job keeping places clean and collecting rubbish, but if everyone picked up just one piece of litter it would greatly help keep down the volumes we see left behind following a hot weekend.”

There are hundreds of refuse and recycling bins across the city centre, along the seafront and even on the beach itself to make it easy to dispose of litter.  There are also bins for barbecues on the seafront. The council asks people not to take glass onto the beach as it is difficult to clear up smashed glass among the pebbles.

Recycling bins take cans, tins, plastic bottles, card and paper. There are separate recycling bins for glass.

Brighton & Hove City Council looks after more than 100 open spaces in the city, from small pocket squares to large parks such as Preston Park, Stanmer Park and the newly restored The Level.

Help spread the message by using the hashtag #BHlitter on Twitter.