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A lot of trash on the beach of Labuan Bajo (Flores Island, Indonesia)

It is sad to see that in that small fishing town which is the gateway to the Komodo Islands, a nearby protected nature reserve famous for a species of large lizards (called Komodo dragons).­ The area also has some of the best scuba-diving spots.­

But unfortunately, local people are used to throw away trash on road sides and in rivers (which was fine, before the invention of plastic).­

They don't have good waste disposal or recycling facilities.­ So all the trash ends up in the sea, and then is washed-up on shore.­ It's particularly ugly at low tide.­

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October 12, 2011
Indonesia
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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 Indonesia.­

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