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Indonesia - Bali Kuta Beach Is Covered in Mountains of Rubbish Washing Ashore

Bali's iconic beaches and typically idyllic waters have transformed into rubbish dumps with tonnes of filth piling higher than deck chairs where Australian tourists once sunned themselves on holiday.

The once-popular Kuta Beach is now a deserted coastline that looks more like a tip than an idyllic tourist destination, strewn with washed up bottles, bags, and plastic.

Between 30 and 60 tonnes of trash is being collected from Bali's most popular beaches each day, with the problem at its worst from December to March each year, where seasonal winds and heavy rain wash up the rubbish on the beach.

But locals believe the problem is worse than ever this year, as the island's workers also struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic denying them of the usual flood of tourists.

Shocking photos have emerged of local surfers and beachgoers sunbaking and walking along shorelines strewn with mountains of plastic cups, cans, bottles, discarded footwear and other debris.

The beaches are usually packed with hundreds of international tourists kept away by the coronavirus pandemic.

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