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Published on Thursday 25 May 2023

Deckchairs on Bournemouth beach - Leave only footprints

With temperatures touching 20 degrees this Bank Holiday weekend, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council’s message to those heading to their seafront is ‘Leave Only Footprints’.

Anthony Rogers, BCP Council’s Head of Seafront, said: "We welcome all the visitors who want to make the most of this burst of Bank Holiday sunshine and enjoy our miles of award-winning beaches.

"All we ask is that you leave only footprints when you head home."

"Around 2000 tons of waste is left on the beach each year, which is expensive to collect using tractors, surf rakes and litter-pickers. So if visitors can pick up their litter and leave only their footprints it will really help us protect this stunning environment."

BCP Council are sharing some top tips for leaving only footprints on their beaches;

  • Drop your litter in the colour coded waste bins at the end of the day. Use the green bins for recycling and red bins for general waste. If beach bins are full – take your rubbish home and dispose of it safely.
  • Bring your own re-useable food containers, cutlery and even ashtrays.
  • Use the free water refill stations across the seafront. Last year’s installation of 150 water refill points has helped save thousands of plastic bottles ending up on the shoreline, with 19,000 saved during July 2022 alone.

Additional measures, such as toy libraries, where children’s beach toys could be recycled and reused, can also be found along the seafront.

The beach-based kiosk at Durley Chine does not offer any products wrapped in single use plastic and is selling returnable cups.

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