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300 new bins to help increase recycling on the seafront

The city’s busy seafront could soon have 300 new bins in a bid to increase recycling rates and prevent plastics from ending up in the sea.

The bins will have three separate sections in different colours, with two that reflect the city’s seafront heritage - Brighton Borough blue for plastic bottles and cans and Hove Borough maroon for glass. The third section will be black for ordinary rubbish.

The 300 bins will be spread out across the 8 miles (13 kms) seafront from Saltdean to Hove Lagoon, with the greater concentration being in the busiest areas.

No reason for leaving rubbish on the beach

Cllr Anne Pissaridou, chair of the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability (ETS) committee, said: “This is fantastic news for everyone who uses the seafront every year. 

“We want to make it easier for people to recycle, and the new bins will do this.

“There will be no reason for anyone to leave their plastic bottles, empty cans, glass or rubbish on the beach or next to a bin that may be full.

“If people find a bin that is full, there will be another very close by they will be able to use.”

Bins will reflect the city's heritage   

The new bins will replace the present street waste bins and fit in more with the seafront’s heritage architecture and tradition. There is already a trial bin on the seafront next to the rebuilt Shelter Hall. 

Some large communal bins will be left to ensure there is proper capacity to cope with high volumes of rubbish during the busy summer months.

The bins being removed will be reused elsewhere and will only be thrown away if broken and no longer useable.

Although the bins can take plastic bottles, empty cans, glass or rubbish, they should not be used for BBQ materials as these can create a fire hazard.

There are though special BBQ bins along the seafront near the sections of the beach where BBQ-ing is allowed.

Plastic liners will not be used 

Cllr Pissaridou added: “The different sections of the bin will not have plastic bin liners inside which will reduce the council’s plastics use and costs, and will be emptied straight into the small dust cart.

“This will reduce the city's plastic consumption and costs.” 

Worthing uses these type of bins which have proved to be weather-proof and have lasted 20 years.   

It is expected that the bins will be delivered in batches of 25, with the first ones being placed along the central beach area, with the rest being rolled out soon after. 

If the bins prove successful, they may be used throughout the city, including parks and open spaces.