Sunshine weekend takes its toll on beaches and beauty spots

Visitors told: Take your trash away!

The exodus to beaches and beauty spots has taken its toll this weekend  - with tonnes of rubbish dumped beside overflowing bins.

These pictures were taken at Cleethorpes seafront, despite calls for people visiting the resort to bag their rubbish and take it home. Refuse collectors say they're faced with an ongoing  battle to keep the seafront clean.

Didn't even look for a bin
No room in the bin

Visitors to the resort are asked that, if a bin is full, the litter should be taken home to dispose of.

There are calls to increase the maximum punishment for littering to a £1,000 fine or 100 hours of supervised community litter picking and to make it compulsory for local authorities to enforce the law on littering.

North East Lincolnshire Councillor Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for Safer and Stronger Communities said the authority would not tolerate littering on its streets and enforcement officers will give fixed penalty tickets for littering and dog control offences.

There are more than 800 litter bins in the area, including 50 along Central Promenade in Cleethorpes, so there is no excuse to drop litter. Littering makes the place look a mess, it’s harmful to wildlife and the environment. If a bin is full, take your rubbish home.

Councillor Ron Shepherd, North East Lincolnshire council

East Lindsey District council used social media to reinforce their 'no littering' messages to the public. They explained in a tweet that during busy periods the bins can fill up every 15 minutes.