These messy scenes on Exmouth seafront show the huge amount of rubbish left by beachgoers in just a few hours – despite bins being emptied five times a day.
Street-cleaning staff worked until 10pm yesterday (Wednesday) and were back at it at 7am this morning to clear the promenade of picnic- and booze-related litter.
It was left behind last night by visitors who had flocked to the town to enjoy the scorching weather.
East Devon District Council (EDDC) says its StreetScene team is facing a ‘long, hard summer’ thanks to record levels of demand.
“All of this could be avoided, however, if people…did the right thing; help us in keeping our beautiful beaches clean by being respectful, clearing up their litter and taking it home if bins are full – after all, you managed to carry it there in the first place,” said a council spokesperson.
“With the warm weather, and as pubs and cafes are still closed, we are experiencing unprecedented demand on our services to keep our streets clean and our bins emptied.
“With record levels of demand, and the number of visitors and amount of litter being generated, it’s going to be a long, hard summer for our teams.
“We are assessing all the ways in which we can work with partners to cope with the influx of people and the issues around beach drinking and parties as experienced yesterday at Orcombe.
“All the rubbish that you see in the photos was cleared from the beach by 10am.
“The team then started on their normal routines.
“We are currently emptying bins, upwards of five times a day and have more bins deployed on the seafront than we ever have before, but at times these are still overflowing.
“Some volunteers have been assisting us too, with litter picks on the beaches and we are very grateful to them.”
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