Date published: 4th November 2021

North Norfolk District Council has been successful in applying for grant funding from the WRAP (Waste Resources Action Programme) “Bin-frastructure” scheme, funded by the Department of Environment Food & Rural Affairs

The grant for £14270, alongside the Council’s own funds, will be put towards increasing ‘on-the-go’ recycling facilities and providing additional litter resources across the district. 

With the easing of COVID restrictions this summer, North Norfolk’s towns saw a huge increase in visitors, which put significant pressure on the Council’s cleansing operations, delivered by Serco. 

NNDC’s Environmental Services officers have been assessing the localised litter infrastructure and identified three key areas to improve litter collection; solar powered compactor bins, On-The-Go Recycling bins and BBQ bins.

Six new ‘Big Belly’ solar powered compactor bins will join another 18 that have been in the district for some time and will help the Council reduce the number of vehicle movements as each Big Belly bin holds up to 8 times as much as a traditional litterbin, meaning they require emptying less often. 

Through the summer months, some coastal towns saw issues with beach-goers incorrectly or negligently disposing of disposable BBQs, one of which led to the fire service having to attend to a bin that had caught fire, as a BBQ had not been extinguished when disposed of.

6 Big Belly bins will be introduced in the following locations:

• Cromer
• Overstrand
• Mundesley
• Hoveton

On-The-Go Recycling bins will be introduced in:

• Cromer
• Overstrand
• Mundesley
• Sheringham

BBQ Disposal bins will be introduced in:

• Cromer
• Overstrand
• Mundesley
• Sheringham
• Waxham
• Sea Palling
• East Runton
• West Runton
• Weybourne

Additionally, there will be 12 extra bins introduced in identified litter pressure points to reduce littering and overflow.

These changes are being implemented as part of the Council’s 2021-2026 Litter Strategy.

Cllr. Nigel Lloyd, portfolio holder for Environmental Services, Climate Change & Environment said:

‘“It is essential for us to consistently and efficiently improve both our waste collection and litter infrastructures as changing needs dictate.

This summer, we saw first-hand the need to increase litter bin capacity following a massive influx in coastal tourism after the long period of national restrictions. We have responded to the concerns of residents’ and local businesses and are acting accordingly, supporting our towns where it needs the most.

Our Environmental Services team have been instrumental in re-assessing our requirements and we invite the public to work with us to help keep our district clean and litter free.”

You can always report an overflowing bin, or an issue with a public bin to the Council – it helps us maintain them outside of Serco’s regular patrolled routes.

If you want to hold a BBQ in a public place, like the beach, we have some do’s and don’ts for public safety. If you’re planning a Beach BBQ, please contact the Leisure team on 01263 516007

Last updated: 29th July 2022