Monsoon trash is beach’s rash


(Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 70-200 f/4L IS @138mm, f/8.0, 1/1000sec, ISO 400)

Monsoon is here. Yet to show its power, this year’s monsoon in Lagoi started with a routine afternoon shower with once or twice weekly morning shower.

And with monsoon comes trash from open water. It comes from several countries like Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand (judging from the labels on them that are sometimes still visible), and probably also from Indonesian waters. It comes in a variety of forms, from used flippers and shoes to soft drink bottles, used condoms (geez!) and thick oil in double bags (how thinkful of those who dumped them) from ship tank cleaning.

A beach cleanup in 2007 (see Dewi tells a long story – “ICC-Bintan (Lagoi)!) collected more than 2 tonnes of trash along a 2km stretch of beach. And that was done only for 2 hours. Maybe it’s about time we do such a fun thing again. Mmm… any volunteer?

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