Thursday, 31 March 2011
Each Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday we have a "cargo run" to the island from Stromness. This week was busy with about 30 ton of scalpings arriving. The Community Council purchased the scalpings (a by product from a local quarry) and shipped them to the Graemsay for local householders to buy and use to repair their private roads to their crofts and houses. We have about 3 miles or so of public road maintained by the Orkney Islands Council and several miles of private road, which are maintained by each landowner. Some trips to the pier can be quite bumpy!!
As well as delivering these large bags, the ferry also took away our rubbish container - each householder can put their rubbish in black plastic sacks into this container. It's then taken away for landfill. Sadly we have no recycling on Graemsay, despite the community wanting to have such a facility. But cost and logistics seem to defeat any of our suggestions. Although other islands in Orkney have active recycling facilities, because our island has so few folk and we have a lift-on-lift-off ferry, the same system doesn't work for us.
As well as delivering such material as scalpings, farm feed etc the ferry will also bring over boxes of groceries and other household supplies which we can order from the town. It's a great system which means I need never run out of milk, or more importantly, chocolate!