Rubbish Island Maldives
There was a big problem with rubbish island Maldives becoming overwhelmed in 2011/12 over 7 years ago. Things have altered massively since then, with the government working to try to solve the problem.
The Maldives has over 1200 islands, and 1 known locally as Rubbish island (Thilafushi). This is where a lot of rubbish goes to be incinerated. It’s an island made entirely of rubbish, not far from Male.
As an island nation built on coral they cannot bury their rubbish in landfill. The fact that the Maldives is only 1% above sea level, the main questions is where else could they put it? Just because we bury our rubbish out of site, because we are able to, it doesn’t really make it any better. Rubbish is sorted and materials such as plastic and metal are recycled, the general household waste is then incinerated
They have now started exporting their waste to other countries who are able to dispose of it in better ways.
Unfortunately with the growth of tourism comes the growth of the amount of rubbish being thrown away. The resort islands do try to encourage tourists to take back their rubbish with them, particularly plastic items such as shampoo, conditioners etc. The resorts are also trying to use more items that they can refill, or use more then once.
Rubbish will always be a problem for the Maldives, one their government is aware of and one they are trying to sort out, although there is no quick fix. Keeping it all to one island does help keep the rest of the islands and the ocean around them clean.
Don’t add to the problems of rubbish island Maldives, take as much of your rubbish back as you can.