ANGRY residents are calling for action as ‘tons’ of rubbish are spilled into the sea after hordes of revelers ravaged the beach following a heatwave.
Angry local residents collected “mountains” of rubbish after Brighton beach was inundated by people desperate for a dip in the sea.
Thousands tumbled onto the pebbles Monday, but a handful of “idiots” left behind a massive amount of rubbish.
“I’m disgusted by people who think it’s acceptable to leave piles of rubbish on our beautiful beach,” said one beachgoer.
“I was shocked on Monday night as the sun went down and I saw beer cans, cartons, bottle caps, food wrap, plastic cups, tissues and a half-used ketchup bottle strewn on the pebbles just waiting for the tide to come in.
“Along with a few others, I made a desperate attempt to salvage just some of the tons of rubbish left behind by idiots who think it’s acceptable to pollute our beach like this.”
The man told of another impromptu rubbish picker who went to the seaside from London for a day and ended up covered in bright pink Strongbow cider.
He said: “She seemed quite drunk but at least she made an effort to clean up some of the rubbish.
“I heard them yell, ‘I came here to have fun, not to clean up other people’s trash.'”
The problem repeated itself on Tuesday, while Wednesday morning revealed the grim reality of the situation.
The city government cleans the beach daily and works to reduce the use of plastic.
But Tory Councilor Robert Nemeth said the repeated issue warranted a whole new council to sort it out.
“Unfortunately, the Greens/Workers Council does not prioritize cleaning the seafront and the local environment suffers as a result,” he said.
“From overflowing trash cans to poor quality public toilets and sporadic garbage collection, the community fails to manage the beach in high season.
“It’s not just an eye sore, it’s going to be washed out to sea and blown through downtown.
“The matter should be an urgent priority for the coalition administration at Thursday’s full council meeting, but unfortunately it will not be.
“Rather than discussing local issues like the cleanliness of the seafront, the Greens and Labor instead want the council to debate the US Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision.
“Residents desperately need new advice to get these issues under control, clean up the coast and properly run the city.”
Groups of volunteers were seen yesterday morning working their way along the shore, collecting the by-products of just two days of extreme sunshine.
Among the rubble were empty nitrous oxide canisters used as an illegal party drug, empty beer bottles, hundreds of straws and many barbecues.
Emma Tozer arrived in Brighton on Wednesday to pick up rubbish with her London-based company Media Bounty and said the problem was getting worse.
“Local businesses need to act,” Emma said.
“We found loads of bottle caps, metal caps and loads of straws. Why are they giving straws when they don’t have to?
“It’s so much worse than three years ago.”
Brighton and Hove City Council called on people to take their rubbish home.
A spokesman for the city government said: “The problem will never go away completely as long as there are people who think it’s okay to just leave their rubbish on the beach and expect the city to clean up after them.
“Through our routemap and circular economy action plan, we are leading the work to reduce plastic consumption and are helping Brighton and Hove transition from a ‘throw away’ society to one that minimizes waste and pollution.
“We regularly engage with our seaside traders on a range of issues, including waste. Cup loan programs are one of several ways we’ve suggested to reduce waste.
“But we have no powers to force them to implement this.
“Like many other initiatives that would help tackle waste and littering, this could only be achieved through government action.
“Most of our residents and visitors are taking care of this and not leaving litter on our beaches – and we are incredibly disappointed that a minority of people still do.”
The city council said the beach is cleaned by garbage collectors every day in the summer and that it supports several beach clean-ups a week organized by groups and businesses.
“We issued almost a thousand fines for littering in the city last year. Many of these were on the beach and by the sea,” it said.
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