'We're struggling to keep up with amount of litter' say street cleaners

Picture of litter left on Bournemouth beach on Friday taken by Ben Brown

Picture of litter left on Bournemouth beach on Friday taken by Ben Brown

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LITTER-PICKERS are working from the early hours of the morning to clear rubbish-strewn beaches and beauty spots of junk.

And despite the round-the-clock effort, street cleaners are struggling to keep up with demand.

Councils across the area are once again urging people to take home their litter to prevent problems with overflowing bins and litter on the beach worsening.

Litter-pickers in Bournemouth are working from as early as 2am, Bournemouth Council said, to rid the beaches of the rubbish.

And in Poole, the cleansing team is working seven days a week until 10pm.

Andrew Brown, operations manager, said: “We have messages along the seafront advising the public to dispose of their rubbish responsibly, ideally taking their litter and recycling home with them.

“During peak season, we also have litter-pickers on the beach who start work at 2am in the morning making sure our beautiful beaches are clean for the enjoyment of everyone.”

Kate Langdown, street scene services manager at Borough of Poole said: “At the moment our street cleansing team is working seven days a week, until 10pm most evenings, but there will be occasions when we are unable to keep up with the demand.

“With the long evenings and summer sunshine, many people are also taking the opportunity to visit the beach for an evening barbeque with friends.

“We’d ask beach visitors to make sure that their barbeque is fully out before putting it into a plastic bin to avoid the risk of setting fire to the bin.”

Matt Reeks, community and open spaces manager at Christchurch council, said: “The council is not responsible for creating the litter, and clearing up other people’s rubbish merely means there is less resource for further positive developments of the facilities.

“If people can transport full bottles and bags of food to the beach, why is it so difficult to carry empty ones away?

“We do our best to empty waste bins as often as we can, but on busy weekends it can be difficult to keep up with the amount of litter that’s left.”

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4:43pm Mon 28 Jul 14

bobthedestroyer says...

As long as we have mobile free zones before we address this lesser problem of litter (being sarcastic). Let's get a view from our Bmth East MuPpet on this.
As long as we have mobile free zones before we address this lesser problem of litter (being sarcastic). Let's get a view from our Bmth East MuPpet on this. bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 5

4:45pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Sir Cliff West says...

Then apply to the courts that when they sentence someone for 180 hours of unpaid work it will be litter picking on the beach.
It aint hard, it's just the people with power are too thick to join up the dots.
Then apply to the courts that when they sentence someone for 180 hours of unpaid work it will be litter picking on the beach. It aint hard, it's just the people with power are too thick to join up the dots. Sir Cliff West
  • Score: 14

4:46pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Townee says...

Perhaps we need to use the people on community service then. Why pay overtime when they work for free. Judges need to make sure they do useful work and at hours that we need them not 10am till 4 pm. They did the crime so they need to pay with time.
Perhaps we need to use the people on community service then. Why pay overtime when they work for free. Judges need to make sure they do useful work and at hours that we need them not 10am till 4 pm. They did the crime so they need to pay with time. Townee
  • Score: 20

5:10pm Mon 28 Jul 14

loftusrod says...

Agree with the above comments, but how moronic is it to leave litter on a beach?
Or anywhere else?
Agree with the above comments, but how moronic is it to leave litter on a beach? Or anywhere else? loftusrod
  • Score: 18

5:40pm Mon 28 Jul 14

old bod says...

indeed we took the dog for a walk along the prom at 6am sunday and all you could see was beer bottles and wine bottles scattered all over the beach , would be really nice to see one of these cretins cut their feet to shreds on a broken bottle but as usual it will be the innocent that get hurt
indeed we took the dog for a walk along the prom at 6am sunday and all you could see was beer bottles and wine bottles scattered all over the beach , would be really nice to see one of these cretins cut their feet to shreds on a broken bottle but as usual it will be the innocent that get hurt old bod
  • Score: 8

5:43pm Mon 28 Jul 14

twynhamob says...

Here in Connecticut the people sentenced to community service are on both the beaches and the streets, dressed in orange. The embarrassment caused to them ensures the streets are quickly cleaned, they usually ask for the night shift so as not to be seen. I bet if you instituted this in Bournemouth, those people would have the beach cleaned before sunrise as opposed to the council workers who take their sweet time so as to ensure they get some overtime.
But then again if people took to clearing their own rubbish it would be a non-issue.
Here in Connecticut the people sentenced to community service are on both the beaches and the streets, dressed in orange. The embarrassment caused to them ensures the streets are quickly cleaned, they usually ask for the night shift so as not to be seen. I bet if you instituted this in Bournemouth, those people would have the beach cleaned before sunrise as opposed to the council workers who take their sweet time so as to ensure they get some overtime. But then again if people took to clearing their own rubbish it would be a non-issue. twynhamob
  • Score: 18

6:05pm Mon 28 Jul 14

BIGTONE says...

“If people can transport full bottles and bags of food to the beach, why is it so difficult to carry empty ones away?

Because they will be leg less.
They can't carry their legs.
“If people can transport full bottles and bags of food to the beach, why is it so difficult to carry empty ones away? Because they will be leg less. They can't carry their legs. BIGTONE
  • Score: -1

6:33pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Peroni says...

What happened to the tractors towing those revolving spikes ,that 'combed ' the beaches of litter years ago.
All done early hours and very efficient.
What happened to the tractors towing those revolving spikes ,that 'combed ' the beaches of litter years ago. All done early hours and very efficient. Peroni
  • Score: 4

6:51pm Mon 28 Jul 14

djd says...

twynhamob wrote:
Here in Connecticut the people sentenced to community service are on both the beaches and the streets, dressed in orange. The embarrassment caused to them ensures the streets are quickly cleaned, they usually ask for the night shift so as not to be seen. I bet if you instituted this in Bournemouth, those people would have the beach cleaned before sunrise as opposed to the council workers who take their sweet time so as to ensure they get some overtime.
But then again if people took to clearing their own rubbish it would be a non-issue.
You obviously don't have a Human Rights Law over there. The poor little darlings would be complaining that their human rights were being infringed by being made to look different to everyone else and they would get a few thousand pound in compensation.
Other than that, an excellent idea.
[quote][p][bold]twynhamob[/bold] wrote: Here in Connecticut the people sentenced to community service are on both the beaches and the streets, dressed in orange. The embarrassment caused to them ensures the streets are quickly cleaned, they usually ask for the night shift so as not to be seen. I bet if you instituted this in Bournemouth, those people would have the beach cleaned before sunrise as opposed to the council workers who take their sweet time so as to ensure they get some overtime. But then again if people took to clearing their own rubbish it would be a non-issue.[/p][/quote]You obviously don't have a Human Rights Law over there. The poor little darlings would be complaining that their human rights were being infringed by being made to look different to everyone else and they would get a few thousand pound in compensation. Other than that, an excellent idea. djd
  • Score: 4

7:12pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Townee says...

loftusrod wrote:
Agree with the above comments, but how moronic is it to leave litter on a beach?
Or anywhere else?
Well the travellers have shown people how to do it so like sheep they follow.
[quote][p][bold]loftusrod[/bold] wrote: Agree with the above comments, but how moronic is it to leave litter on a beach? Or anywhere else?[/p][/quote]Well the travellers have shown people how to do it so like sheep they follow. Townee
  • Score: 2

7:25pm Mon 28 Jul 14

bobthedestroyer says...

twynhamob wrote:
Here in Connecticut the people sentenced to community service are on both the beaches and the streets, dressed in orange. The embarrassment caused to them ensures the streets are quickly cleaned, they usually ask for the night shift so as not to be seen. I bet if you instituted this in Bournemouth, those people would have the beach cleaned before sunrise as opposed to the council workers who take their sweet time so as to ensure they get some overtime.
But then again if people took to clearing their own rubbish it would be a non-issue.
They'd probably sue as it infringes their human rights it wouldn't be fair to embarrass the poor hard done by sh*ts
[quote][p][bold]twynhamob[/bold] wrote: Here in Connecticut the people sentenced to community service are on both the beaches and the streets, dressed in orange. The embarrassment caused to them ensures the streets are quickly cleaned, they usually ask for the night shift so as not to be seen. I bet if you instituted this in Bournemouth, those people would have the beach cleaned before sunrise as opposed to the council workers who take their sweet time so as to ensure they get some overtime. But then again if people took to clearing their own rubbish it would be a non-issue.[/p][/quote]They'd probably sue as it infringes their human rights it wouldn't be fair to embarrass the poor hard done by sh*ts bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 2

7:41pm Mon 28 Jul 14

rozmister says...

djd wrote:
twynhamob wrote:
Here in Connecticut the people sentenced to community service are on both the beaches and the streets, dressed in orange. The embarrassment caused to them ensures the streets are quickly cleaned, they usually ask for the night shift so as not to be seen. I bet if you instituted this in Bournemouth, those people would have the beach cleaned before sunrise as opposed to the council workers who take their sweet time so as to ensure they get some overtime.
But then again if people took to clearing their own rubbish it would be a non-issue.
You obviously don't have a Human Rights Law over there. The poor little darlings would be complaining that their human rights were being infringed by being made to look different to everyone else and they would get a few thousand pound in compensation.
Other than that, an excellent idea.
Keep telling yourself this Daily Mail rubbish is true.

There are criminals within Bournemouth litter picking for their community service every weekend. They do the town centre in the small hours. They also focus on certain areas like playing fields & such in a rota type system so I'm sure it's not beyond the realms of possibility they could do the beaches...but then who will clean the town of drunkard's debris & the playing fields?!?!
[quote][p][bold]djd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]twynhamob[/bold] wrote: Here in Connecticut the people sentenced to community service are on both the beaches and the streets, dressed in orange. The embarrassment caused to them ensures the streets are quickly cleaned, they usually ask for the night shift so as not to be seen. I bet if you instituted this in Bournemouth, those people would have the beach cleaned before sunrise as opposed to the council workers who take their sweet time so as to ensure they get some overtime. But then again if people took to clearing their own rubbish it would be a non-issue.[/p][/quote]You obviously don't have a Human Rights Law over there. The poor little darlings would be complaining that their human rights were being infringed by being made to look different to everyone else and they would get a few thousand pound in compensation. Other than that, an excellent idea.[/p][/quote]Keep telling yourself this Daily Mail rubbish is true. There are criminals within Bournemouth litter picking for their community service every weekend. They do the town centre in the small hours. They also focus on certain areas like playing fields & such in a rota type system so I'm sure it's not beyond the realms of possibility they could do the beaches...but then who will clean the town of drunkard's debris & the playing fields?!?! rozmister
  • Score: 3

7:57pm Mon 28 Jul 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Why not lower your expectations .Bournemouth is the most over rated over priced .low rent seaside resorts .It what the rate payers expect from a debating expense claiming council .think red arrows and travellers
Why not lower your expectations .Bournemouth is the most over rated over priced .low rent seaside resorts .It what the rate payers expect from a debating expense claiming council .think red arrows and travellers kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -1

10:31pm Mon 28 Jul 14

cheeriedriteup says...

I hear no complaints in the winter saying that its to quiet !
I hear no complaints in the winter saying that its to quiet ! cheeriedriteup
  • Score: 0

10:53pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Baysider says...

Posters now slagging off refuse staff working for about £15k a year in all weathers, hot and cold, from the early hours to late evenings. We do have some proper classless, ignorant, windbags posting on here who should be embarrassed by their views not sharing them in public.
Posters now slagging off refuse staff working for about £15k a year in all weathers, hot and cold, from the early hours to late evenings. We do have some proper classless, ignorant, windbags posting on here who should be embarrassed by their views not sharing them in public. Baysider
  • Score: 4

10:54pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Baysider says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
Why not lower your expectations .Bournemouth is the most over rated over priced .low rent seaside resorts .It what the rate payers expect from a debating expense claiming council .think red arrows and travellers
Why don't you burger off then? Please.
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: Why not lower your expectations .Bournemouth is the most over rated over priced .low rent seaside resorts .It what the rate payers expect from a debating expense claiming council .think red arrows and travellers[/p][/quote]Why don't you burger off then? Please. Baysider
  • Score: 1

9:40am Tue 29 Jul 14

rozmister says...

Baysider wrote:
Posters now slagging off refuse staff working for about £15k a year in all weathers, hot and cold, from the early hours to late evenings. We do have some proper classless, ignorant, windbags posting on here who should be embarrassed by their views not sharing them in public.
Refuse crews in Bournemouth aren't on £15k a year, they've got a generous pay package to motivate them to empty those seafront bins. I think the litter pickers who actually pick the litter up off the ground are on £15k per year though.
[quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: Posters now slagging off refuse staff working for about £15k a year in all weathers, hot and cold, from the early hours to late evenings. We do have some proper classless, ignorant, windbags posting on here who should be embarrassed by their views not sharing them in public.[/p][/quote]Refuse crews in Bournemouth aren't on £15k a year, they've got a generous pay package to motivate them to empty those seafront bins. I think the litter pickers who actually pick the litter up off the ground are on £15k per year though. rozmister
  • Score: 1

12:58pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Phixer says...

loftusrod wrote:
Agree with the above comments, but how moronic is it to leave litter on a beach?
Or anywhere else?
It is a visible sign of the society we now live in, propogated by politicians who have led people to think that everything is someone elses fault and that someone else will wipe their backsides for them.
[quote][p][bold]loftusrod[/bold] wrote: Agree with the above comments, but how moronic is it to leave litter on a beach? Or anywhere else?[/p][/quote]It is a visible sign of the society we now live in, propogated by politicians who have led people to think that everything is someone elses fault and that someone else will wipe their backsides for them. Phixer
  • Score: 0

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