Maldives Landfill Issue – Waste Management
Waste Management In The Maldives
The Maldives is famous for its clear blue sea, breath-taking beaches, and luxurious accommodation. However, Alison Teal, an award-winning filmmaker, visited the island of Thilafushi and has opened our eyes to a shocking issue affecting the Maldives that until now many of us were unaware of.
An extraordinary amount of rubbish is being washed up on the islands. Alison and her photography team took these shocking images to document the waste problem.
More than 400 tons of plastic bottles and waste are dumped on the Maldives Islands every day. The tourist industry is allegedly largely to blame. On average each tourist will generate around 3.5kg of waste a day.
Shocked and overwhelmed by the amount of plastic bottles and rubbish that covers the island, locals collect the rubbish in an effort to save the threatened environment. They also transform them, making plastic fashion such as bikinis and skirts.
To leave the island Alison and her team made a raft from the bottles which were washed up.
The beautiful 1200 islands within the Maldives could soon to be ruined by the amount of rubbish and waste that is being created and swept up. Stunning beaches will turn to landfill sites if waste management is not acted upon soon.
In the UK we use the likes of Grab Hire, Tipper Hire, Skip Hire and Wait and Load Rubbish Removal to combat and manage waste. Although these may not be best suited to the Maldives, perhaps adopting methods such as these would be great to work towards a sustainable future. Recycling is of utmost importance if we are limit our impact on the earth.