Friday, June 30, 2006

New Ways to Keep the Beaches Clean

Thanet Council has come up with a new method of waste disposal on Thanet’s beaches this summer.

During the summer season, Thanet Council will be trialling the use of small and large sized bins for rubbish disposal at the main beaches of Broadstairs, Ramsgate and Margate together with Minnis Bay. If successful the method could be rolled out to other bays.

Since the service has been taken in house by Thanet Council, improvements in beach cleaning has included the purchase of a surf rake, imported from America, which when pulled by a tractor can dig out litter or seaweed from the sand to a depth of six inches. The rake, on a rotation basis, cleans the areas beaches starting at 4am. The service’s beach cleaning staff also work until 8pm emptying bins and collecting litter. Over particularly busy times the staff work until 10pm.

Cllr. Roger Latchford, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Commercial Services, said: “Thanet is beautiful and we want to keep it that way, which is why we are constantly looking at ways to improve our beach cleaning service. We are going to be introducing a combination of both small and large sized bins into our most popular bays over the next few weeks. The small bins will be located across the main beach areas, while the larger bins will be placed at the entrance points to the beaches to encourage any rubbish accumulated from picnics or beach hut users, to be adequately stored until it is collected.”

“We have found that once a bin becomes full, seagulls attack the rubbish that is placed next to the full bin. We are hopeful that by increasing the size of bins on our beaches, the amount of times our beaches are cleaned, together with the help of people visiting our beaches, they will stay tidy and can be enjoyed by all.

“The vast majority of our beach visitors are using the bins provided, but there is still a minority of people leaving their litter, including dangerous items on the beach. I would like to remind everybody that glass and barbecues are not permitted on any of our beaches and that if you have any rubbish you should put it in the bins provided or take it home with you. Of course, we want you to come and enjoy our beautiful beaches but please make sure you leave them as you find them.”


Gannet College said...

We hope to be running a BTEC national Diploma in Beach Cleaning this September as well as our highly regarded Spatula making courses for which we have COVE status.

adem said...

Is the surf rake the reason behind Ramsgate Sands being so pebbley??

I'm sure I remember it being more sandy with only pebbles and rocks nearer the shore, but if rubbish is an alternative, then I'm more than happy to put up with a few stones.

... or I could be completely wrong, and it's just my imagination.

Anonymous said...

Nice to hear that our beaches are so clean. Now it's time to turn to the land. Seagulls also play havoc with our rubbish, and strew it all over the road before it is collected, especially now we have the lighter mornings. Where are the wheelie bins we were promised?

Anonymous said...

The surf rake is nothing new. The contractors were using them a few years back and then they were not used last year. Good to see the job done by the time I head for London each morning.