Ben Nevis summit litter collection reveals cleaner habits

June work party collects less rubbish than previous years

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A conservation work party, held on Nevis in early June, was pleasantly surprised at how clean the summit looked compared to previous work parties at this time of year.

The Trust's Nevis ranger Blair Fyffe, who was on the work party at the weekend, praised the efforts of mountain leaders and instructors, who have gone out of their way to keep the summit clear of litter and have helped educate others on the damage that it can cause.

He said: “We had around a dozen volunteers on the Ben in pretty murky conditions, but it was refreshing to see the summit looking so clear of litter.

“We’re heartened that people are becoming more aware of the litter problem and taking personal responsibility for keeping one of Scotland’s greatest assets clean and tidy.”

He added that around three or four bin bags were filled, which was substantially fewer than normal.

Blair said: “The existence of litter tends to breed even more mess, and likewise, when people see the summit litter-free, they’re far less likely to leave behind their own rubbish.”

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