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Bali vows to tackle waste problem

07 april 2011, 12:20
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RIA Novosti ©
RIA Novosti ©
Indonesia's holiday island of Bali vowed on Thursday to tackle its worsening garbage and pollution problems, following a damning magazine article, AFP reports.

Under the headline "Holidays in Hell: Bali's Ongoing Woes", Time magazine said the resort island was struggling with waste and some of its famous beaches were strewn with rubbish.

"We are not closing our eyes. It's true that we have a waste problem," Bali tourism agency head Ida Bagus Subhiksu said.

Subhiksu said up to 300 garbage trucks a day were needed to collect rubbish in the Kuta area, a prime tourist spot.

"In Kuta, there will be more garbage trucks designated for the area as extra funding for waste management there has been approved," he said.

Subhiksu added that many of the litter on the beaches came from islands outside Bali.

Visitor numbers to Bali are growing -- 2.3 million foreign tourists came last year and 2.5 million are expected this year.

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