A woman has made an impassioned plea to the people of Swansea to look after the city’s beaches, with a clear message that it is “not okay” for litter and dangerous items to be left discarded.
Natasha Jenkins, a beach clean volunteer behind an anti-litter campaign, recorded a video message on social media which spread far and wide in the city after a rise in the amount of rubbish left behind after large gatherings – including one at Langland which saw the Bay resemble something like you’d see inside a nightclub.
The 28-year-old has been running beach cleans for the last five years after returning to her home in Uplands after time travelling in Australia, where she saw the pristine condition the beaches were in there compared to ours.
And she spoke out on the public forum to plead with others to take more responsibility after she found glass coming out of the sand, nails, and even knives among the sand.
She said in the video: “I find it absolutely devastating that this is still going on.
“We have beaches in the top 10 in the world and look at the state of them. We don’t mind you going down the beach partying and having barbecues, we mind that you don’t respect the area and leave litter behind.
“We need to make these areas around Swansea safe enough for everyone to enjoy, at the moment they are not. Glass is coming out of the sand, I found knives two weeks ago on Swansea Bay. We need to make everyone aware of this situation and let people know it is not ok and we are not ok with it.”
Speaking to WalesOnline, Miss Jenkins added: “I came back from Australia five years ago and the beaches out there were so clean, then I came home and there was rubbish everywhere.
“I was going down to Swansea Beach every day and there was so much rubbish on the beach, I decided to do something about it.
“On one beach clean my auntie had a needle that went into her leg and had to go to hospital. Every time since then I have found needles.
“A lot of people have said their kids have cut their feet whilst building sand castles, and there’s been knives and nails found which is very concerning.
“A beach used to be a place you could walk barefoot but now everybody is starting to think they have to wear shoes.
“I was really angry after some of the recent incidents and decided to ask people for their help, I didn’t realise it would spread like it did but I’m so glad because the message is important.
“It’s so hard cleaning up the beach every day and in the night people go and litter all over again. It’s about trying to find a way to change that.
If you wish to get involved in the the beach clean ups, get in touch with Miss Jenkins my following her Instagram page @dontbeatosser
She added: “Nobody minds anyone going down there and having fun but make sure you take your rubbish away with you at the end. It’s about keeping it as safe as possible for everybody to enjoy.
“The response has been amazing and people want to help. I would like to say a big thank you for all the things everybody is doing to help out.”