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HELP TO KEEP
Litter Picking is carried out in the Village on a voluntary daily basis. This is because The Highland Council Litter Crew are only allocated 10 minutes to 'do' the Village.
It takes, on average, four and a half hours to walk the entire Village area on Litter Picking - but it isn't ALL done every day! Phew!
The areas covered are:
The Highland Council have been very helpful in the past by providing bin bags and gloves free of charge for Litter Picking but due to present financial constraints are unable to continue to do so.
KEG therefore obtain funding from various sources to enable our voluntary Village and environs Litter Picking to continue and we are indebted to those who have provided support.
KEG receive no funding from the local Community Council.
On average, in 2007, sixteen and a half bags of litter were picked up weekly during the Tourist Season (March - September) and at Christmas/New Year. This dwindled to about four bags a week at other times.
In 2008, KEG collected a total of 637 bags of litter during the course of the year, including the Harbour Clean-Up.
In 2009, KEG members collected 532 bags of litter, this figure excludes the Litter Pick-Ups in other areas.
In 2010, KEG members collected 345 bags of litter around Kyleakin, with a further 86 collected in other areas. The Recycling Bins certainly seem to working!
Throughout 2011 KEG Members & Volunteers picked up total of 330 Bags of Litter throughout Kyleakin & Other areas: 232 in Kyleakin and 98 in other areas:
# Heaste Viewpoint (Travellers) + 7
# Glenelg Foreshore: + 79
# Balmacara & Back Roads: + 4
# Knock Castle (Sleat): + 8
In 2012 KEG Members & Supporters colleccted 269 bags of Litter in and around Kyleakin with a further 133 bags as a result of Foreshore Clean Ups and de-Littering the back roads.
In 2013 there was a drastic rise in the amount of Litter being dropped, but it may also be attributed to Blue Bins being blown over on collection days! So we have 469 bags of Litter for Kyleakin, 53 in other areas and a whopping 738 bags of Dog Poo (March - December 2013).
In 2014 - totals are 392 bags for Kyleakin, 82 in other areas and 922 bags of Dog Poo!
In 2015 - totals are 412 bags of Litter for Kyleakin alone and 1,109 bags of Dog Poo - until the Pooper Scooper 'died' at the end of July! New Pooper Scooper now arrived - see 'Dear Diary'.
In 2016 - totals are 218 bags of Litter for Kyleakin alone, and 28 bags in other areas (26 bags from Uig Woods and 2 bags from Sligachan). 383 bags of Dog Poo were picked up in Kyleakin alone.
The 2017 totals can be seen at the start of the DEAR DIARY page. Since 11th June 2018 we have also been picking up Cigarette Ends - both filter tips and roll-ups and counting each individual 'find'.
In future all Litter totals for the previous year will appear at the start of the DEAR DIARY page for that year, ie 2017 totals will be on the 2018 DEAR DIARY page, and those of the previous year will appear here.
The main litter being dropped is Crisp Packets, Bus Tickets, Plastic Carrier Bags, Ear Buds, pieces of Rope & Twine, empty Cigarette Packets & Wrappers, Disposable Lighters, Pens, Plastic Bottles & Beer Glasses, Sweetie Wrappers, Ice Lolly Sticks, empty Ice Cream Cartons, Fast Food containers, empty Beer Cans & Drinks Cans ('Red Bull' cans mostly!) and Glass - broken or intact. There are also a considerable number of cigarette butts.
Flotsam (stuff washed up on the shore and into the Harbour) includes Baulks of Timber, Logs, Tree Roots, Wooden Pallets, Fish Boxes, Plastic Bags, Rubber Tyres, Wrapping Tape & Plastic, Oil Drums & Containers, dead fish and seabirds and the occasional cetacean.
An Annual Harbour Clean-Up is held in the Autumn, sadly in 2007 it had to be cancelled due to severely inclement weather. The 'Slipway' would have lived up to its name!
We are now involved in the Beachwatch campaign with the Marine Conservation Society and have 'adopted' the Beach area from Kyleakin Quarry to Rubha Ard Treisnis (with the full support of Fearann Eilean Iarmain, who own this area) and the tidal inlet of An t'Obbe, which is the Property of The Crown Estate.
KEG also carry out Clean Ups of areas within the Skye & Lochalsh area which have had problems of fly-tipping etc. For details of the last ones go to the DEAR DIARY page.
See the NEWS page for details of the next Clean-Up.
The following is from the Clean Up Scotland website:
20 reasons why you should put your litter in the bin:
1. Littering is illegal, when caught littering you can face an £80 fine.
We need people to stop. We need people to use bins, to take their litter home, and to recycle their waste. We need people to stop dropping litter across our country.
Any Property - Handbags, Wallets, Bank Cards etc, Cameras, Mobile Phones, i-Pods, Jewellry items, Cash, Keys etc found during Litter Picking in the Kyleakin area, are ALWAYS handed into Kyle Police Station.
It is advisable to contact the local Police if you have lost anything valuable (Tel. 101 and ask for Kyle Police Station) and reporting it.
Please note that Kyle Police Station is not always manned and your call may be transferred to another Police Station within the Command Area.
FORESHORE LITTER 'HIT SQUAD'
We are considering setting up a 'Hit Squad' to tackle Foreshore & Marine Litter in some of the more inaccessible areas around Skye & Lochalsh.
Most of our Foreshore Clean-Ups are one day events, but some of the worst affected areas are off-road and frequently require some mountaineering skills to access. Therefore, KEG are looking at Funding to purchase necessary Camping Equipment etc to form a small Team that can either walk-in or be taken in by sea to deal with this problem over a weekend.
Obviously bagged and other marine litter, ie Fishing Nets, Buoys etc, would have to be removed either by boat or off-road vehicle.
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