A photo of the Middle Arch area in Galway has outraged locals who have made renewed pleas for people to leave no trace and dispose of their rubbish properly.
People in Galway city are up in arms at the moment over on ongoing litter issue around the Spanish Arch area. Particularly bad following a bout of good weather, a photo posted online highlights the extent of the problem. Showing Middle Arch completely covered in rubbish, people have made renewed pleas for those using the area to leave no trace.
Before and after photos, both captured by local photographer Peter Skelton, show the same spot hours apart.
"They say a picture is worth a thousand words first one taken at 7am second 9am I don’t get this culture of drinking outdoors and leaving all your trash behind. Well done to the City council workers out there 7 days a week keeping our town clean #Galway #Ireland #cleanupafteryou"
They say a picture is worth a thousand words first one taken at 7am second 9am I don’t get this culture of drinking outdoors and leaving all your trash behind. Well done to the City council workers out there 7 days a week keeping our town clean #Galway #Ireland #cleanupafteryou pic.twitter.com/2OWdDQ35OG
— Peter Skelton (@pskeltonphoto) August 10, 2020
Describing the situation as "upsetting and disheartening to see" especially considering much of the debris ends up in the River Corrib, locals have commended the council for their continued efforts to keeping the area clean and litter free.
Well done to the Council who clean that up time after time. It is so upsetting and disheartening to see , knowing that some of it ends up in the river and ocean having a secondary effect on our wildlife. I don't understand the fecklessness of the people who do it. : (
— Rachel Dubber (@racheldubber) August 10, 2020
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that the area has been left covered in rubbish with many saying they have become accustomed to such a sight - particularly following a spell of good weather as crowds gather along the water to enjoy the sunshine.
Header image via Twitter/Peter Skelton