300,000 people came to Brighton over the bank holiday weekend this year! Tourists flocked from far and wide to enjoy Brighton’s cultural offerings but in their wake left 20 tonnes of litter behind. This weekend held host to the official opening of Fringe and the Festival, Hove Lawns Food Festival and The Children’s Parade. Undoubtedly as the summer months go on more people will come to Brighton to join the fun…leaving even more rubbish behind.
Councillor Gill Mitchell said “It’s great to see so many people coming to our brilliant city and enjoying all the facilities we have. It was one of the city’s busiest bank holiday weekends ever. But the city’s popularity also means vast amounts more litter and waste being left behind on our beaches and dropped on our streets, and the demand on our street and beach cleaning teams was extremely high.”
Whilst the city is great in terms of offering people an exciting day trip or weekend away it is upon our shoulders to take rubbish home with us and if everyone did so, the large scale operations (which no doubt cost tax payers money) would not be quite as big. Councillor Mitchell further said “If a bin is full, we would ask people to find another one – there are lots of big black bins on the promenade – or take their rubbish home with them. Leaving it on the beach or beside an overflowing bin is not acceptable. It’s everyone’s responsibility to keep our city clean.” The bins are emptied at least once a day and over the summer months this, in theory, increases in line with demand.
On the 20th May there will be a ‘Pier 2 Pier Silent Disco Beach Clean’ in a bid to tackle the litter left behind by beach frequenters. The event will aim to pick up every piece of rubbish and furthermore they want to inspire the younger generation to take care of marine life and the natural beauty spots they visit. Check our article to find out further details on how you can get involved.
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