'It takes nothing to pick up what you brought with you' - Sunderland readers react to litter strewn across city's beaches

Readers hit out at minority who leave rubbish strewn across our beautiful beaches.

By Poppy Kennedy
Saturday, 27 July, 2019, 11:46
Litter left on Sunderland beach following heatwave

As temperatures soared this week, thousands of people descended on Sunderland’s beaches.

Vijay Kritzinger, a volunteer for Sea Shepherds UK, took a trip down to Seaburn beach on Wednesday evening, July 24 and found nappies, socks, and a broken camping chair abandoned on the sand.

Here’s what our readers have said about the rubbish:

John Dugdale: “It hurts me to see the way some individuals are willing to abuse their and our environment.”

Irene Mackie: “People who leave rubbish are just lazy and bone idle, if bins are full take your rubbish home – it is that simple.”

Shaun Taylor: “We have something beautiful here in Sunderland, we should cherish it and take the best care of it. We're so lucky to have it on our doorstep.

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“It takes nothing to pick up what you brought with you.”

Rose Wilkinson: “Need more bins I had to ask lifeguards were there any bins finally found one overflowing.”

June Wintrip: “We took our litter away as always and I picked some of other peoples up too and put it in the bin with ours. I think in the summer months we should have a litter patrol the same as we have the lifeguards.”

Lisa Sachar Pendleton: “Firstly, a big thank you to those three volunteers who cleaned the beach. But really disappointed and disgusted with those beach goers that left the place a tip. Totally unacceptable. People should tidy up and take their own rubbish home. No excuses.”

Sarah Jane Lamb: “It’s not difficult to put your rubbish into a bag! We left yesterday and my kids picked litter up surrounding us (that wasn’t ours) we put rubbish straight into a bag as we were sitting there. It’s adults not the kids!”

Nadine Brooke: “Disgraceful people leaving it in a state, takes nothing to take a bag and move your rubbish! It’s one of the very limited nice things we have thankfully there is some good people out there cleaning it up.”