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Image: Oberoi Seminyak Beach. Credit: ST.

Rubbish piled up on most local beaches after heavy rains hit Bali during the last two days. There was a lot of plastic, but the majority was organic waste like coconuts and tree branches, etc. Kuta beach was also closed to swimmers due to the bad weather.

Kuta, Kedonganan, Seminyak, Canggu beaches were all hit hard. The Head of Badung Environment and Sanitary Board (DLHK), Putu Eka Marthawan, confirmed that the amount of rubbish hitting the shore was caused by the bad weather. Some of the worse Bali has had this wet season.

“The length of the piled up rubbish reached around 12 kilometers. We had a thousand personnel to help clean it up, but we still could not handle it all at once,” said Eka Marthawan to on Tuesday.

Above photo: Kuta beach on Tuesday from Bali Post

He also said that this incident was the worst that had ever happened. “There would be 50 tons of trash removed on a normal bad day, but there was something like 250 tons, the equivalent of 12 trucks of rubbish, yesterday,” he said.

More bad news came when they could not send all the rubbish to the Suwung Landfill.

“We had to wait seven hours to dispose of all the rubbish in the trucks. It was too long, so we had to pile it up in places along the beaches,” he added. He also apologized if the rubbish irritated the local residents and tourists. “We apologize for this inconvenience and we will do our best to clean all of the rubbish up as fast as possible,” he said.

Meanwhile, Head of Badung Lifeguards, I Ketut Ipel said that they closed Kuta Beach on Tuesday morning as the weather was characterized as extreme. Swimming and surfing was banned all day because of the conditions and lifeguards were on alert to keep people out of the water.

“The ban was for all activities in the water, but those who wanted to visit the beach were permitted. We only prohibited people swimming. Of course, this was only because of the extreme weather that is happening now,” Ipel said yesterday afternoon, Tuesday (1/22).

Meanwhile, the Head of Badung Tourism Board, I Made Badra, this morning, asked local residents and tourists to obey the guidance from the lifeguards (Balawista). “They may prohibit swimming again because of the bad weather,” he said. He also said that his side won’t close the beaches at the moment, but visitors must be careful and avoid water activities. Besides, they should be careful with the rubbish. “They should be careful, because there is a possibility that the rubbish will cause injuries or other incidents,” he concluded.

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  • Dave

    Where is it all coming from..i suspect all the crap thrown into the canals by locals washes out and lands back after heavy rain..surely its just ignorance and a lack of education incentive to RECYCLE…
    Now the government have honed in and seized the opportunity to tax tourists to clean up the vulgar Mess..they just refuse to take responsibility for their lack of Scruples..
    Put a deposit on all plastic bottles at sales point…1000 rp..a tourist wont care..the balinese can collect these empty bottles and get the 1000 rp back..solves 2 problems ..makes work for locals and gets rid of a major source of rubbish on the island..and ban plastic straws
    Then do a big Public education ..dont litter..
    Dont just expect tourists to be happy to pay an entry fee….10 usd…going to put some people off going to bali if you have a family of 5…
    Get real Bali politicians ..dont just Slug the tourists…get your infrastructure set SAVE BALI…

    Aku cinta Bali…

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