This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.
Floating trash booms which trap plastic rubbish drifting downstream are being tested in Bali in a bid to stop pollutants reaching the sea. The booms, built from local materials to encourage localised solutions, suspend a thin mesh just below the surface which captures floating plastic whilst allowing marine life to swim underneath. If testing works, it is hoped that 100 of these barriers will be installed in Bali’s rivers, some of the most polluted in the world. In 2018, Bali’s provincial government declared a “garbage emergency” and the military have even been involved in clean up operations. Indonesia is second only to China as the world’s largest contributor of waste from rivers into the world’s oceans. It is hoped that ingenuity and local solutions such as this will pave the way for the country achieving its commitments to the UN to reduce marine litter by 70% by 2025.