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Bali's tourist beaches are disappearing under a mountain of plastic garbage with 100 tons of rubbish being removed each day

15:45, Friday, 29 December, 2017
Bali's tourist beaches are disappearing under a mountain of plastic garbage with 100 tons of rubbish being removed each day

Its palm-fringed beaches have long been a favourite with tourists from around the world seeking sun and surf.

But pictures show the golden shoreline of Bali is slowly disappearing under a mountain of garbage amid a growing problem with plastic waste on the island.

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.

Often dubbed a paradise on earth, the Indonesian holiday island has become an embarrassing poster child for the country's trash problem and officials are now having to remove 100 tons of rubbish from beaches every day.

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.

Bali's tourist beaches are disappearing under a mountain of plastic garbage with 100 tons of rubbish being removed each day
Bali's tourist beaches are disappearing under a mountain of plastic garbage with 100 tons of rubbish being removed each day
Bali's tourist beaches are disappearing under a mountain of plastic garbage with 100 tons of rubbish being removed each day
Bali's tourist beaches are disappearing under a mountain of plastic garbage with 100 tons of rubbish being removed each day
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