Plea over South Shields seafront recycling bins after beach-goers leave a mess for staff

Visitors to the seafront have been urged to use the recycling bins in place as they are intended after they were left in a mess.

Friday, 4th June 2021, 5:14 pm
South Tyneside Council Cllr Ernest Gibson, with season beach workers, John Hunter, Rya MacAtee, Ian Winter and Danny George, with new waste recycling bins along the walkway, Sandhaven Beach, South Shields.

South Tyneside Council has installed new bins along the seafront for plastic bottles and cans, which have proved a success in other parts of the country.

But environment chiefs say workers have found rubbish dumped in the bins, contaminating the recycling and making a messy job for staff.

In a statement issued via Facebook, the council said: “We hoped the scheme would be succesful (as it has in other parts of the country).

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Unfortunately, every day take away containers full of grease, left over food and general rubbish were found when emptied. High levels of contamination.

“We are happy that people are using bins, but the recycling bins would be happier if they only collected recycling.... so would the crew emptying them!

“HUGE thanks goes to the crew emptying the bins and cleaning up every day.”

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