I might have mentioned before that I just can’t get over the amount of rubbish left everywhere in South East Asia! It’s not a judgement or a ‘why don’t they clean up after themselves’ type of thing. I’m just constantly surprised when we come across a pile of rubbish. I see it as a scourge on the earth, not just a bit of rubbish!
I’ve been vigilant not to become part of this cycle and if there are no bins available I’m always dragging home rubbish whenever we are out and about exploring. I’ve had locals crack up laughing because I’m stashing the plastic from bottle seals or the paper from street food pancakes into my backpack while they are motioning for me to just throw it in the river or onto the road!
I was particularly fascinated when we passed by one of the waterways in Bangkok on our recent visit. I took photos of all this rubbish that had washed into one particular section. As we stood there we started to look closer though.
In amongst the huge number of sticks and pieces of wood were all kinds of interesting trash. If you look very closely you can see odd flip flops and shoes, bottle tops, paper and dozens of foam food packages. There’s soft drink cans, plastic bottles and heaps of rubber bands (who would have thought rubber bands hung around on top of the water like that?)
There’s even a few dead fish and a puffed up turtle in there!
I think I’ll continue stuffing the trash into my handbag and carting it back to our hostel thanks. I’d hate to contribute to this mess. It’s just so wrong!
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