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Shore is a Mess

Seasonal Winds Bring Huge Accumulation of Trash Along Baliís Kuta Beach

(1/25/2013) Strong winds over the past week have brought an annual harvest of flotsam that washed ashore on Bali’s popular Kuta Beach.

The unsavory sight of plastic, trash, trees and plastic containers has covered the entire length of the beach, requiring a continual and diligent clean-up effort be mounted by local authorities and community members.

As reported by Beritabali.com, the head of the Kuta Beach clean-up team, I Gusti Ngurah Tresna, said on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 that the trash heaps that have washed shore in Kuta are believed to originate in Java.

The rubbish that covers a 9-kilomoter stretch of Kuta Beach requires hundreds of truck trips each day to remove to the local rubbish trip.

Said Tresna: “We clean a stretch of beach and not more than 5 minutes later more trash has washed ashore. Every day hundreds of trucks come to remove the trash with each truck carrying away 6 cubic meters of garbage to the rubbish trip.”

Ngurah Tresna has also deployed 5 pieces of earthmoving equipment to speed the clean-up process. Visiting tourists are regularly seen, shoulder-to-shoulder with local citizens, helping the clean up process.

Indonesia weather forecasters predict the waves and current conditions bringing the trash to Kuta’s shores will reach its peak in February and last until May.