Garbage And Beaches Don’t Mix!

March 5, 2021

Let’s talk about garbage for a minute, shall we? We all know that garbage winds up in landfills and unfortunately in our oceans as well. In fact, lots and lots of garbage winds up in our waterways, harming marine life along the way. Don’t believe us? Check out this story about how the South Pacific Gyre (that’s a giant circular current filled with garbage) has caused havoc on the shores of a tiny remote island, called Henderson Island, where no humans actually live. But back to why we’re talking about garbage now.

Bali Beach
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On the shores of Bali, vacationers and sunbathers revel in the white sand beaches and warm tropical weather. The island is known for its beautiful beaches, but the Indonesian government is having a hard time keeping them that way. Why? One word: garbage.

Garbage on a beach in Bali
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Garbage has been washing up on the shores of Bali’s famous beaches as a result of monsoon weather, poor waste management (that’s how garbage is collected and removed!), and pollution. It looks like the Indonesian government is having a hard time keeping up with all the garbage that’s being washed up on its beaches. So what are they planning to do about this huge problem? Residents are working to decrease plastic use, cameras are being used to help identify concentrated areas of garbage on the island, and the governor of Bali is asking that specific areas of the island come up with a plan for a trash collection system that includes adequate equipment and people to handle the job.

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