plastic trash pollution - ganges river - ganga - varanasi (india)


Staggering amount of trash on the sandy beach on the bank of the Ganges river, across from the Ghats of Varanasi (India)

This is a popular spot for the Hindu pilgrims to take their Holy Dip.­ Unfortunately there is no trash collection, and India people are still dumping lots of trash on this beach, including plastic trash.­

For more info about Varanasi, go to en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Varanasi.

beach environment garbage plastic trash pollution river bank rubbish sand varanasi
Dashaswmedh Ghat Road, Bangali Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India

Photos taken in the Hindu Holy city of Varanasi - also know as Benares (India).­

For more info about Varanasi, go to en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Varanasi

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.­

Photos taken in India in 2013

The highlight if this trip was the Maha Kumba Mela Hindu Festival, the largest human gathering on earth, which happens once every 12 years.­

Other regions visited include the springs of the Ganges river, Varanasi, the Konark sun temple.­

See also my photos of Nepal that I took the same year.­