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Wales rugby hero Ryan Jones tackles beach litterbugs

Welsh rugby legend Ryan Jones is tackling a new challenge - litterbugs who leave their rubbish on Swansea's world class beaches.

Ryan Jones

The former Ospreys, Wales and British Lions number eight is backing Swansea Council's campaign for beach-goers to either leave their rubbish in bins or take their litter home with them if the bins are full.

Living close to Langland Bay, the 36-year-old dad-of-three, who's now head of rugby participation at the Welsh Rugby Union, is a regular beach-goer across Swansea and Gower.

Whether it's for a spot of breakfast or taking his young children on surfing or crabbing trips, Ryan never takes the Swansea coastline for granted.

"I'm very fortunate to have travelled the world during my rugby career, so I've seen lots of different places - but there's nowhere quite like home," said Ryan. "The Swansea coastline is as beautiful, if not more beautiful than anywhere I've ever been, so I'm proud to call it my home and my family's home, too.

"I love living here, but there's one thing that really, really bugs me - and that's people who litter. All people have to do is put their rubbish in the bin or just take their litter home with them if the bins are full.

"When you come to the beach, you want it to be safe and enjoyable, and just as beautiful for the next group of people who come to enjoy it after you."

Swansea Council has recently put up signs at the four beaches it runs - Swansea beach, Caswell, Port Eynon and Langland - to remind visitors to dispose of their litter responsibly.

Teams of static litter-picking and bin emptying staff are also now in place at these beaches throughout the summer season, with work starting at 6am. This adds to the work mobile teams do throughout the year to collect rubbish, empty bins and keep all four beaches clean and tidy.

Ryan said: "As someone who's often at the beach early in the morning before my children go to school, it overwhelms me to see the effort Swansea Council puts in to keep the beaches beautiful. I see staff collecting litter first thing in the morning and I genuinely feel for them because the beaches are sometimes in a condition that none of us can be proud of. We need to make their job easier by taking ownership of our rubbish and litter."

Special BBQ bins are also again now available at Langland Bay, Caswell Bay and Rotherslade Bay to prevent open fires on beaches and reduce accidents associated with disposable BBQs, including burns caused by hot coals buried just under the sand.

Work is continuing to take place alongside community groups, community councils and other organisations, including Swansea University, to organise beach litter-picks. 

 


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