On the mainland the hauled up lines and containers full of litter from the beach have been collected from the Isle Martin Slipway by the Highland Counci and taken back to Ullapools Waste Transfer Station. I spent Monday mirroring the sorting procedure of the station selecting out materials for recycling and landfill . In total 116 kilos of litter was removed from the back beach and towed off the island, unfortunately there is much more still there!
The majority of the litter was rope and commercial fishing litter, with a small amount of domestic litter the majority of which was undoubtedly plastic bottles and caps . From my collection the plastic bottles and metal cans are the prime the materials that will feed into the recycling program of the Highland Council the rest will unfortunately be going to landfill . I will shortly be heading off north to follow the journey that waste materials going to landfill make from Ross-Shire once compacted into the road containers.
As I worked through the litter inside the open shed of the Transfer Station high on the hill Isle Martin was in view and I mused on how in less than 24hours I had moved from the sublime to the ridiculous. I will definitely return to the small fascinating sublime island to revel in its ecology and views.