Bali declares 'garbage emergency' amid sea of waste

Bali’s palm-fringed Kuta beach has long been a favourite with tourists seeking sun and surf, but nowadays its golden shoreline is disappearing under a mountain of garbage. Plastic straws and food packaging are strewn between sunbathers, while surfers bobbing behind the waves dodge waste flushed out from rivers or brought in by swirling currents. “When I want to swim, it is not really nice. I see a lot of garbage here every day, every time,” Austrian traveler Vanessa Moonshine explains. “It’s always coming from the ocean. It’s really horrible,” she adds. Often dubbed a paradise on earth, the Indonesian holiday island has become an embarrassing poster child for the country’s trash problem. The archipelago of more than 17,000 islands is the world’s second biggest contributor to marine debris after China, and a colossal 1.29 million metric tons is estimated to be produced annually by Indonesia. Officials in Bali have declared...
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