Beach cleaning

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We are responsible for cleaning many beaches across Cornwall. We only clean beaches that we own or that are privately leased through the Council.

We prioritise the beaches depending on their location, usage and time of year.

They are cleaned by the contractor, Biffa Municipal Services Ltd. We set the standards they are cleaned to. These standards use Cleanliness National Indicators by Defra.

Please see this list of Cornwall Council cleansed beaches and their cleansing priorities.

Report a Council beach which needs cleaning

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Frequency and standards of beach cleaning

Beach cleaning priority Seasonal period

  Main Peak Off peak
  Frequency of beach monitoring and cleaning Standard Frequency of beach monitoring and cleaning Standard Frequency of beach monitoring and cleaning Standard
Low Reactive Grade B Weekly Grade B Reactive Grade B
Medium Daily Grade B Daily Grade B Weekly Grade B
High Daily Grade A Daily Grade A Weekly Grade B


Season times

Seasonal period Dates Notes
Main 1 May - 30 September Including 2 weeks over Easter holidays and Easter Weekend,1 week over October half-term and 1 week over Christmas.
Peak Mid July - end of the first week of September  
Off peak 1 October - 30 April Excluding 2 weeks over Easter holidays,1 week over October half-term and 1 week over Christmas.

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