burning garbage

February 17, 2010

One of the issues in Goa and especially in Mapusa is the way garbage is dealt with. Garbage is dumped in a huge heap on each street on a spot designated by a concrete circle or square. To deal with the sheer volume of garbage in the city the garbage is periodically lit on fire.

There is no discrimination in what is lit – paper, leaves and other organics, plastic – anything goes. The inevitable stench from plastic burning with all the associated dioxides is often in the air. The garbage situation and the annoying habit of some individuals who insist on throwing their garbage on the street is the worst part of my trip to Goa.

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