Rubbish has been piling up on the Isles of Scilly as storms have prevented the all-weather ship due to carry it to the mainland from sailing.
The unsightly refuse pile at the Moorwell waste management site on St Mary's has been nicknamed the 'Moorwell Alp' by islanders.
More than 2,700 tonnes is due to be shipped out to a Liskeard landfill site via Plymouth as part of a major waste management site overhaul.
But the launch of the export programme from a ravaged St. Mary’s quay has been delayed by almost a fortnight by the weather.
The self-loading MV Burhou – touted as 'an all-weather vessel' – is now set to arrive early next week having been sheltering in Youghal, Southern Ireland. She started her trip at Fort William.
Nigel Cronin, of consultants SLR, engaged by the Council of the Isles of Scilly to oversee the waste exercise, had forecast that the waste would all be cleared by the end of March.
The cost of a DEFRA-supported shipping exercise is close to £1million.