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Beach Combing with Bulldozers

Massive Clean-Up Removes 100 Cubic meters of Unsightly Trash from Bali's Kuta Beach.


Bali News: Bali, Indonesia, Kuta Beach, TIME Magazine, Putu Eka Merthawan
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(2/19/2013)

26 garbage trucks and two loader were recently dispatched to Bali's popular Kuta beach to undertake an urgent clean up the large piles of flotsam, jetsam and other waste that has washed ashore in recent weeks.
The clean up which took place on Thursday, April 7, 2011, and quickly transformed the beach that had begun to resemble a rubbish tip into the once again pristine white sandy beach favored by Bali visitors.
According to NusaBali, the massive clean-up moved 100 cubic meters of unwanted trash off the beach.
Denying the clean up was prompted by critical comments on Bali's beaches from TIME Magazine, the head of Badung's Parks and Cleaning Division, Putu Eka Merthawan, said: "This is not because of the writings of TIME but merely our normal way of working and dealing with conditions in the field. This rubbish has come from various places because of natural factors. This type of cleaning has been underway since November-December of last year, but weather conditions continue to bring the trash ashore."
Merthawan admits that efforts to clean the beach are thwarted to some degree by a lack of equipment and the poor state of repair of the loaders use to clean the beach.
Clean up efforts on the beach involve the labor of government park workers, Kuta security officers and volunteers from the surrounding communities.
Merthawan suggests that a more effective way of keeping Bali's beaches clean would be to utilize boats that would skim the garbage floating one or two miles off Bali's shore.


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