TWO types of new bins have been sited near some of Ceredigion’s main beaches to help keep the county’s coast clean.

The large bins are being installed by the county council near the key access points to beaches at Llangrannog, Tresaith, New Quay, Borth, Clarach, Aberystwyth and Aberaeron and will provide temporary additional capacity when it is most needed.

Cllr Ray Quant, cabinet member for technical services, said: “We are seeing an increased awareness of the detrimental impact humans are having on the marine environment.

"Arising from this, more and more people are wanting to get actively involved in addressing the situation by taking part in activities such as beach litter picking.

"Providing these bins is a way of supporting this whether people are doing this on a one-off basis or more regularly on their own or as part of a group.”

The Dolphin bins were designed with the aim of encouraging people to deal with their waste responsibly.

The location choice of the bins is to minimise the detrimental visual impacts that siting large numbers of permanent bins in such aesthetically pleasing locations can have as well as being mis-used and attract fly-tipping.

The provision of the new bins forms part of Caru Ceredigion whereby those visiting, living and enjoying all that is fantastic about Ceredigion can play their part in keeping it clean.

The council works closely with other organisations including Keep Wales Tidy and volunteer groups including Surfers Against Sewage who have a mutual and shared interest in protecting Ceredigion’s local environment.

The use of the bins will be monitored and if the initiative is successful, consideration will be given to other locations.