A group from the village took to the hills at the weekend to reduce litter around Richhill.
Roughly twenty volunteers spent the entirety of Sunday afternoon lifting litter from the roads leading into the village, and managed to fill more than thirty bin bags. Armagh City and District Council supplied litter-pickers for the litter-pick, which came about after locals grew frustrated with the abundance of rubbish strewn around Richhill.
The litter situation in Richhill has seriously spiralled out of control
“The litter situation in Richhill has seriously spiralled out of control,” one volunteer commented. “Especially after the weekend, you notice fast food packaging and bottles lying along the roadside - why would you ever think it was alright to throw rubbish out of your car window? The village is suffering as a result of a few split seconds of bad judgment and people who are adopting a really blasé attitude to their surroundings. Their lazy disposal of rubbish also poses a serious threat to our wildlife.”
During Sunday’s litter-pick, volunteers found a diverse range of objects littering Richhill - an abandoned pram, vodka bottles and cardboard boxes among them. After witnessing the depth of the litter problem first-hand, volunteers are seeking a longer term solution to the issue.
“Richhill has won a string of ‘Best Kept’ awards,” said one young person, who participated in the pick. “It’s definitely time we take action to counteract those who are so damaging the village’s beauty and reputation.” The recent influx of litter comes just after new signposts were installed on roads leading into Richhill, labelling it a ‘Conservation Village.’
Chairman of Richhill Improvements Committee, Dr Turtle, said: “As a long-standing resident I’m deeply grateful for the efforts made by this group at the weekend. I’m disgusted at the state of the roads on the outskirts of Richhill, and would appeal to those using our roads to return Richhill to the beautiful little village it is known to be.”
Many locals voiced their support for the weekend’s litter-pick, and it is hoped more villagers will participate in future endeavours to battle the epidemic.