How Do You Handle Holiday Waste

By Holiday Waste, I mean the waste generated after the holidays. When this waste-line increases the results can be disastrous!

Journeying through India in the past few years has been a very pleasant experience. The monuments, architectural marvels and scenic delights are all preserved and taken care of so well. But then I did come across some eyesores too… particularly the water bodies. They are misused and left uncared, the result is waste getting accumulated in them.


Edible fish have ceased to exist in these water bodies due to continued bouts of hypoxia. Most of them I am sure are mosquito nurseries of these scenic sights. It was a shock for me to see the locals washing clothes at Agastyatirtha Tank at Badami in North Karnataka. I did try to talk to the locals; they seemed to be very casual about this pollution.



At other places like in Daulatabad in Maharashtra, the locals blamed the tourists. Holidaymakers leave behind much of the waste, the plastic bags and bottles, the locals said. The problem needs immediate attention of the tourism industry.


How do you handle Holiday Waste?

Unless tourism industry takes some stringent measures against polluting, no improvement in scene can be expected. After every festival or holiday we create a lot of waste stuff; left over food, dead batteries, wrapping paper, packaging, bottles, cans and more. While those that can be reused must be reused. If further reuse is not possible recycle them and then the final step, dispose properly. Onus is on the tourists to follow this meticulously, only then these sight seeing places can leave sweeter memories.

Look at this bird struggling to find a neat corner to sip water from. When will we learn?


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Rajsamand Lake

28 Responses to “How Do You Handle Holiday Waste

  • It’s a shame when litter mars a scenic or historic location. Unfortunately I think the problem is world-wide. How can we be so thoughtless?

  • George said the problem is world wide !! Phew !!

    We humans really need to think, what do we want to leave for our children ?

  • It is sad to see all this pollution. I suppose if you don’t have a washing machine and there’s a pool outside, then you have to wash in that.
    I am sure that holiday makers contribute too.

    You provoked some thought with this post and illustrated it well.

  • Just think what all that material would value in recycling! A waste indeed. And a pity about the otherwise nice view.

  • Water quality in a good bit of the world is a problem in any case. We certainly don’t need to add to the problem with a thoughtless visit to such beautiful places as these.

  • wonderfully presented..and solid arguments..congrats friend..if only people learn..and stop molesting the planet..

  • Hi Indrani! TGIF!! 😉
    Unfortunately, this doesn’t help to stop pollution… Question of culture and education also… ;(
    Your pictures of the Rajsamand Lake are stunning! Have to ask for some tips on what to see in Rajasthan…
    Blogtrotter, still posting on Delhi! Enjoy and have a great weekend!

  • terrible – but the difference is that fact that out here, we see trash cans placed here & there so that they can be used. do you see any to drop your trash into when you go visiting? And then, if there is one and when these cans get filled, do they get emptied regularly? the whole concept of trash disposal is alien to many parts of India..

  • That is just so sad. 🙁

  • Very thought provoking post. To have such beauty made ugly by us. It is shameful.

  • That’s so sad. I saw similar problems with waste management but human and trash related while in Vietnam.

  • That is horrible. I can’t imagine what it would cost to clean that up.

  • Thought provoking post…We all have the same problem, unfortunately. I try not to be part of the problem, and to help my children not to contribute to the waste.

  • Water is too precious to be used like this.
    Not to mention marring beautiful scenes.

  • Wow…I’m speechless!

  • Due to the economy, there were way. way less large pieces of styrofoam and boxes left out with the garbage. It seems that there is a long learning curve involved with this. Water in particular hasn’t had a lot of respect, and the underground water here decreases every year. It’s something we will all have to deal with eventually.

  • Touching post…Ramesh is right stop molesting the planet now…

  • According to the press in SG, the amount of waste generated before (doing spring cleanning) and during CNY is huge!

  • You are so right Indrani; if only we could keep these beautiful places litter free too. And water bodies are the ones which are being abused more.

  • i don’t know about bottles and cans but i always carry rechargeable batteries

  • Well said. We need to be more alert/aware on this. The day after any public holiday at the Marina beach ….has to be seen to be believed.

  • Ew! It seems they need to have clean up days like we do around here, people willing to clean up and maybe more trash cans readily available so people will be more apt to use them? That’s really sad. 🙁

  • It’s such a shame that so many underdeveloped nations are so indifferent about pollution like this. Your photos are amazing. Thanks so much for sharing your world.

  • We all are in charge of our waste..regardless of where we are at. Such a shame places all over the world suffer at ignorance. That last picture sums it up…lazy, selfish, and thoughtless…whoever it is!! Yuck!!

  • Apart from the awareness creation – the govt. needs to provide bins at various places for people to dispose the wastes at these sites.

    As Raji points out, Marina literally gets t(h)rashed.

  • all our heritage-natural and cultural will soon be spoilt..just think after durga puja or ganesha ..the water bodies are a mess

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