No excuse for litterbugs with new Lee-on-the-Solent mini-bins

BIN IT From left, Rob Osborn, Alan Kettlewell, Mark Lobban, Cyrill Simpson, Quentin Cooper, Graham Smith and Cllr Graham Burgess. Picture: Allan Hutchings (13566-204)
BIN IT From left, Rob Osborn, Alan Kettlewell, Mark Lobban, Cyrill Simpson, Quentin Cooper, Graham Smith and Cllr Graham Burgess. Picture: Allan Hutchings (13566-204)

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NEW mini-bins have been installed along a seafront to stop people from lazily dropping litter.

The 25 new bins were installed yesterday by Gosport Borough Council’s Clean Team at Lee-on-the-Solent seafront after a firm gave them to the council for free.

Graham Smith, co-ordinator of Lee-on-the-Solent Litteraction and Marine Conservation Society, approached the council after hearing of them.

He told a councillor of the chance to get the free bins for a trial from a not-for-profit firm called Zilch.

The bins have been put in the gaps along the seafront between existing bins.

Graham hopes to target litterbugs who do not want to hold on to rubbish until they reach the next bin along the seafront.

‘People aren’t prepared to walk far with rubbish in their hands,’ said Graham.

‘It’s a problem everywhere, not particularly in Lee-on-the-Solent, it’s generally everywhere.

‘It’s harming wildlife and what we’re finding is there’s more and more plastic going into the sea and we don’t know what the consequences are yet.

‘We’ll find out as it’s getting into our food chain.’

Cllr Graham Burgess, deputy leader of the council and member for Lee East ward said he supported the new bins.

‘By being proactive and asking people to put their litter in the receptacles provided it can make the borough of Gosport a cleaner and tidier place for visitors to come to,’ Cllr Burgess said.

‘I’m really pleased that Graham contacted me and mentioned about Zilch and that they had these bins.

‘I contacted the officers and we agreed to do a trial.

‘We’re going to see how effective they are, how long they last and whether they’re worthwhile using them throughout the borough.’

The founder of Zilch, Quentin Brodie Cooper, said he is pleased that the council had agreed to trial the bins.