Rubbish Roundup 4th June
People from a beach clean up group in Fylde in Lancashire have urged people to take their litter home with them when they visit the seaside. The call came after volunteers from the LOVEmyBEACH group cleared almost 40 bags of rubbish from St. Anne’s beach after the bank holiday weekend. The group meet every week to clean up the beach, but they noticed that most of the litter was made up of ‘party rubbish,’ namely food and drinks containers and disposable barbecues. The council had installed extra bins for the weekend, but there were still considerable amounts of litter.
The LOVEmyBEACH campaign was set up back in 2013 by Keep Britain Tidy and it’s supported by Fylde Council who provide them with equipment for the clean ups.
Dundee businesses and communities have come together to prevent litter in the city. It’s the first local authority to put a Community Litter Prevention Action Plan in place, in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland.
An event helped to promote the campaign, and a wide range of businesses and community groups attended to discuss how litter can be prevented in the city. The council said they were delighted at the turn out and are encouraging other groups and businesses to join in and help to change attitudes and behaviours around litter.
The campaign is part of a wider campaign called ‘Take Pride in Your City’, an initiative that aims to get everyone feeling proud about where they live and work. The issues that the campaign is focusing on include litter, dog fouling, fly-tipping and discarded chewing gum.
Lincolnshire’s coast has a litter problem and Anglian Water is helping them to tackle the issue.
They have put a ‘2 Minute Beach Clean Board’ out in Sutton on Sea, which will give people what they need to carry out their own mini beach clean.
The board will help to support the BeachCare volunteers who regularly remove litter from the local beach.
A local councillor has voiced his anger at how much rubbish is left on the county’s beaches. He filmed himself walking along a stretch of beach where there was discarded food and drink packaging, glass, dirty nappies, plastic and discarded shoes along every square metre of sand.
The beach was cleaned up by volunteers, but the litter problem has continued.
Some local authorities in the county have hired private litter enforcement firms to tackle the problem, and over 500 fixed penalty notices were issued last year in Boston for littering, fly-tipping, and dog fouling in the town.