Landfills in South East Asia
News Credit- Sakhi Shah
In Thailand, a vast landfill has recently caused a major fire. This landfill was home to six million tonnes of putrefying trash and toxic effluent, raising concerns about environmental damage as well as health and safety. The dump site can pollute local paddy fields and damage air quality. Residents have been offered legal aid. The landfill also stinks and is a breeding ground for flies and mosquitoes.
South-East Asia’s Waste Crisis
This blaze is just a signal for a larger waste crisis in South-East Asia. As cities grow larger and more populous, their waste becomes a larger issue. Open land-fills are the preferred solution – like Jakarta’s Gebang dump and Manila’s “smokey mountain” – but these open landfills are a blight upon the landscape of Asia’s growing cities. These dumps are a potential environmental hazard. Further, many communities are being forced to live in close contact with them.
The reason for this waste crisis is a failure in urban planning. As industries and urban centers grow, planners must make a plan for disposing off the waste that is generated by this. Open dumping may be a ‘a quick and easy solution’ for the short run, but it is not sustainable in the long term.
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