Saturday, July 21, 2018

Rising tide of rubbish threatens Dominican Republic's golden shores

Saturday July 21 2018: An estimated 54 tons of plastic has already been scooped up by the squad of more than 500 helpers, but the waves of rubbish keep arriving.

The Dominican Republic is a popular tourism destination, but the rising tide of waste is threatening its reputation as an unspoiled natural paradise - and poses a deadly hazard to marine and bird life which becomes entangled in the toxic soup.
Much of the problem is home-grown, according to David Collado of the Santo Domingo local authority.
"All the rubbish that we have here comes from metropolitan Santo Domingo, including Monte Plata (a nearby province)," he said.