Bournemouth’s Town Centre BID Responds to Rising Summer Heatwave Litter Levels

Following an influx of additional visitors to Bournemouth this Summer, the Bournemouth Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) is supporting new anti-litter activities.

Bringing in hundreds of thousands of additional visitors, Bournemouth’s town centre businesses can celebrate an exceptional summer tourism period brought on by the heatwave. However, alongside the influx of visitors, who have been shopping, enjoying town centre events and spending time the Bournemouth’s public spaces, there has been an inevitable increase in litter. Helping to tackle this issue the Bournemouth Town Centre BID is supporting Bournemouth Borough Council’s new litter clearing campaign.

Keeping the town clean and attractive, the Council is working closely with the Town Centre BID to help enhance its new litter clearing measures. These include additional litter bin collections at weekends, temporary commercial sized bins in the town centre, other cleansing activities and improved commercial waste arrangements. The BID is also supporting the ‘Leave Only Footprints’ campaign which aims to educate, inform and encourage people to take their litter home.

Paul Kinvig, Chief Operating Officer at the Bournemouth Town Centre BID, said:

“We are delighted by the Council’s response to the increase in litter, which has been brought on by warm weather, the wide array of seasonal events and booming town centre footfall. We’ll be working closely with the Council to support their new litter combating measures and going forward, ensuring they are implemented not just in the summer months but throughout the year. We will also be supporting levy payers to help them meet their commercial waste responsibilities.’’

Larry Austin, Service Director for Environment at Bournemouth Borough Council, said:

“Bournemouth is enjoying a bumper tourism season, but this brings with it the challenge of dealing with additional rubbish.  We are pleased to be partnering with the Town Centre BID to ease the financial pressures our services, reduce litter and keep the town centre looking at its best.’’

To find out more about the Bournemouth Town Centre BID, visit www.towncentrebid.co.uk.