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Despite Bali's plastic ban, a 'garbage emergency' persists

Groups and individuals do their bit with beach clean-ups amid rapid rise in number of holidaymakers - and waste generated

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CANGGU (Bali) • Thirty-four-year-old Rina Agustina hands out old rice sacks, gloves and tongs to smiling volunteers in the hope of reaping another harvest: trash.

Most Sunday evenings, for more than a year now, Ms Rina, through Swiss-based non-profit environmental group Trash Hero, organises a clean-up of Munggu Beach - a stretch of beach marbled with sand and volcanic rock that typifies much of Bali's coast.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2019, with the headline Despite Bali's plastic ban, a 'garbage emergency' persists . Subscribe