Plastic trash pollution in the Bishnumati river in Kathmandu (Nepal)
It feels that there is more plastic trash than there is water in this river.
In countries that do not have trash collection infrastructure and recycling, plastic trash causes massive pollution.
Photos taken during a motorcycle trip with a friend in Nepal in March 2013.
This includes a trip up the Kali Gandaki valley to the Annapurnas and the Lower Mustang region, with its beautiful Himalayan landscapes.
Those photos were taken one year before the April 2014 earthquake that killed many and caused major damage in central Nepal.
Many of the buildings and temples on those photos have been damaged or destroyed by the 2014 quake, especially the shaky brick houses in Bhaktapur.
The problem is that "industrial development" brings plastic bottles and plastic containers in country that do not have any trash collection system, let along recycling.
Most people in developing countries are used to throwing garbage anywhere because in the past, most garbage was compostable, so it was ok. But now garbage is mostly made of plastic, and people still do the same, the throw it away anywhere. there are no trash bins in cities, and very few cities have trash collection. Sometimes people pile-up trash and burn it, which is not good either when the trash contains lots of plastic.
My feeling is that corporations should be banned from selling plastic containers and plastic bags in countries that do not have trash collection and plastic recycling. In those countries, those corporations should subsidize plastic recycling and fund education programs if they want to sell their plastic junk.
But that requires political will and most local people are quite poor and they would not want to pay more for plastic stuff in order to fund its recycling.