The tourist attractions of Kuta and Legian are flooded every day with up to 60 tons of plastic waste.
Because of the monsoon and persistent deficiencies in Indonesian waste management, Bali’s beaches are littered with loads of ugly garbage. According to officials, between 30 and 60 tons of garbage is collected daily from the island’s most popular beaches. Bali plans tourist tax to curb plastic pollutionRead morePhotos showed a stream of plastic bottles stacked up along the sand. Wayan Puja, responsible for the beaches of Kuta, Seminyak and Jimbaran, of the Environment and Sanitation Department in Badung, said the garbage just keeps coming. “We’ve been working really hard to clean up the beaches, but the trash just keeps coming,” Wayan told AAP. It’s just getting worse. “It’s just getting worse. ” Dr. Gede Hendrawan, head of the Center for Remote Sensing and Ocean Sciences at the University of Udayana in Bali, said that inadequate garbage collection in Indonesia is the greatest challenge. “The biggest problem is that garbage collection in Indonesia has not been effective,” he said.
Governor Wayan Koster of Bali urged serious action to clean up beaches, which are a major attraction for tourists: “The Badung administration should have a garbage disposal system at Kuta Beach equipped with adequate equipment and personnel so that it can work quickly to remove garbage washed up on the beach,” said the governor. “Also, as visitors arrive, garbage disposal systems can operate 24 hours a day during the rainy season.
“Don’t wait until tomorrow. “Thousands of baby turtles are released off Bali into the seaRead moreAt this time of year, thousands of tourists will usually be in Bali, but the coronavirus pandemic has stopped travel and visitors are few and far between. For two weeks from Jan. 1, Indonesia has also closed its borders to all international arrivals to avoid the spread of new Covid-19 strains. The pandemic, which has decimated the tourism industry and only allows domestic arrivals, has hit Bali’s economy hard. Jakarta siblings Rizkika Arshanty and Rizkella Triara told AAP that they were disappointed when they visited Kuta beach and found it flooded with garbage.