RESIDENTS and visitors are reminded to dispose of waste responsibly this bank holiday weekend.

With many scenic areas soon to be awash with people enjoying the forecast sunshine, Copland Council are urging people to use any bins provided or take their rubbish home with them.

Copeland mayor Mike Starkie said: “Our borough’s beautiful landscape often draws the crowds in hot weather with people enjoying areas such as Ennerdale Water and St Bees beach.

“We’re very fortunate to be able to enjoy places like these on our doorstep and we want make sure we do everything we can to protect the environment.

“Many choose to take portable barbecues and picnics to enjoy in the sunshine and we want to remind residents to dispose of their rubbish responsibly.”

Littering is an offence punishable by a fine of up to £80.