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Flotsam and Jetsam

Bali’s Port Gateway of Benoa Littered with Floating Garbage from Denpasar’s Garbage Dump

(8/3/2012) Floating fields of trash despoiling Bali’s port of Benoa are being blamed on the nearby Suwung Rubbish Tip (TPA).

As reported by Seputarbali.com, the general manager of the port authority (PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III), Iwan Sabatini, estimates that 15 tons of rubbish floats into the waters and shore areas of the port each month. Moreover, he contends that in certain seasons and wind conditions the amount of trash discharged into the port can raise to be significantly more.

Sabatini said that the accumulated flotsam is routinely removed from the port and the area of its highest concentration just south of the passenger terminal and container facility.

The port manager estimates that in a month his team collect more than 1,000 bags of refuse adding up to 15 tons in a month.

“Most of the refuse is made up of household trash. We can certify that the trash is not produced by daily activities at the Port of Benoa and originates from the public dump at Suwung and beach side communities,” Sabatini explained.

Sabatini added: “How can we sell sea tourism if trash piles up in our oceans.”