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Council urges people not to abandon disposable BBQs on beaches

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Swansea beach-goers are being urged to do the right thing and take their rubbish home with them this summer, especially disposable BBQs.

For the busy summer months the council has been stepping-up beach litter collections, increasing the number of bins available for people to get rid of their rubbish carefully.

But Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Enhancement and Infrastructure Management, said it is the responsibility of those who head for the beach to take all their waste home with them, including disposable BBQs.

He said: “Anyone who thinks that it’s OK to bury bottles, BBQs or any other waste in the sand on a day out is simply wrong.

“BBQs in particular retain their heat for hours afterwards and people accidently stepping on them can cause terrible burns.”

Disposable BBQ (Image: Co-op)

Cllr Thomas said the council’s littering and waste team is putting up signs on beaches looked after by the council urging people to do the right thing and get rid of their disposable BBQs carefully.

He added: “Two of our most popular beaches – Swansea Bay (By Secret Bar) and Caswell Bay – have special BBQ bins where people can safely dispose of them. Two others at Rotherslade and Langland had be removed after they were vandalised.

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“However, more bins are on order for delivery later in the summer and we are also looking at installing temporary bins at busy locations where necessary.”

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He said: “But, whatever steps the council takes there is no excuse to dump disposable BBQs or other rubbish on any beach. People should take them home.

“Absolutely the worst thing anyone can do with a disposable BBQ or any other beach litter is to bury it in the sand. It’s a disaster waiting to happen. Yes, we have bins in place, yes there are signs on beaches warning about litter and yes the council is actively cleaning-up beaches.

“But whatever people bring to the beach with them, they are responsible for taking home. People should do the right thing every time.”

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