Ocean Advocate's Dismay as Bali Beach Covered With Plastic Waste

A self-described “ocean advocate,” who promotes sustainable living on her website and social media, has shared her dismay at the tons of rubbish that washed ashore at Kuta Beach in Bali over the new year.

The Belgian native, who is in Bali, shared this footage of the cleanup via her @laurainwaterland Instagram.

State media reported that 30 tons of mostly plastic had been cleared from the beach by New Year’s Day.

Another local report, on the Kompas news site, said on January 3 that 80 tons of waste had been cleared from three beaches.

I Wayan Puja, head of the local government environment office, told Antara News the plastic pollution was a regular problem in rainy season, when mismanaged waste was washed into the sea. Credit: @laurainwaterland via Storyful