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New jumbo waste bin to tackle litter

By Paul Johnston at

A new jumbo waste bin is being installed at weekends in West Kirby to tackle complaints about overflowing bins.

The big red bin will be delivered every Friday morning to its location close to the beach and promenade, and will be taken away to be emptied each Monday morning after the weekend – or Tuesday when it is a bank holiday weekend.

When combined with the skips and public litter bins already in place around the resort, Wirral Council says there is no excuse for weekend visitors to leave their litter behind or next to an already-full bin.

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West Kirby beach looking clean and tidy

Cllr Matthew Patrick, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “I was horrified by the complaints and photographs we received during the early May bank holiday – rubbish piled up alongside overflowing litter bins and other litter left behind on the beach or pavement.

“We have listened to people’s concerns and taken action so we don’t have a repeat of last bank holiday. However, this is a joint commitment, and visitors to our beaches need to help us keep Wirral beautiful and free from litter.”

The acquisition of the additional bulk waste bin has been welcomed by one high-profile group of public-spirited volunteers, who litter pick along West Kirby beach every fortnight.

“I was delighted to see the council’s response to the concerns about the bank holiday weekend – placing a fantastic new bin at the entrance to West Kirby beach,” said Pete from the High Tidiers.

“I honestly believe that this rapid response to our concerns was helped along by the sheer numbers of volunteers who clean the beach. It is a lovely example of the community working in partnership with the council.”