Workers making their way to jobs in the city centre were confronted with mess strewn all over Castle Street this morning.
A pile of grey bin bags apparently containing domestic waste were spilling rubbish all over the pavement and streets.
Seagulls had also been pecking at the bags and pulling things from them.
Property manager David Allenby said: “I couldn’t believe it. The rubbish from these bags was all over the place, going right down the road towards the Three Tuns pub.
“What a sight to see first thing in the morning. Tourists will be parking in the car parks in Castle Street and this is not a good image for Canterbury. It’s disgusting.”