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plastic trash dumped on india street

Trash with a lot of plastic is being dumped on the street in an Indian town.­

It used to be that street cows would eat most of the trash, when it was mostly vegetable stuff, but now with all the plastic, this does not work anymore.­ So trash just piles up on the street.­

In countries that do not have trash collection infrastructure and recycling, plastic trash causes a massive pollution problem.­

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National Highway 2, Vijayanagar Colony, Civil Lines, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282004, India
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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.­

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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.­