A beach-side recycling bin scheme, which grew from a trial in 2007, has collected more than five tonnes of recyclates this year.
In an effort to prevent recyclables collected from Cornwall beaches going to landfill, the North Cornwall District Council trialled recycling bins on six beaches in 2007. Separate bins for paper and cardboard and plastic bottles and cans were placed on the beaches, alongside bins for general litter and disposable barbeques.
Following the schemes success, the council extended it to three more beaches this year.
Council waste minimisation manager Verity Palk said: In the past we have needed to empty beach bins more than twice a day during the summer months and all of the litter was sent to landfill.
However, a lot of the rubbish collected from beach users is easily recycled and are were keen to provide better facilities to allow this.
As the scheme was so well received last year, we extended it further this summer to cover more of the beaches in North Cornwall that we are responsible for.