Beach paradise? Rubbish

It's not what one would expect to see on a "paradise island".

But this was the scene at Bali's Kuta Beach on Monday after seasonal winds washed up tonnes of rubbish.

And it's not an uncommon sight - about 5,000 tonnes of trash is dumped daily on the island.

Plastic waste is a major problem in Indonesia, where it chokes waterways. A study released last year said Indonesia is the world's second largest marine polluter after China. Rapidly growing plastic waste threatens global marine life, triggering calls for urgent efforts to recycle the waste before it reaches the sea.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 17, 2016, with the headline 'Beach paradise? Rubbish'. Print Edition | Subscribe