Paradise Lost: Filmmakers Document the Maldives’ Trash Island

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With its luxurious resorts, white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, the Maldives is known as a luxury destination. But there’s a dark side to paradise.

Not far from the Maldives’ capital of Male, only a half-hour boat ride away, mountains of trash and waste pile up on Thilafushi island, marring the seascape of the normally idyllic archipelago.

Thilafushi receives hundreds of tonnes of rubbish from other islands in the Maldives every day. Sixteen years ago it was an unspoilt coral reef…

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Paradise lost on Maldives’ rubbish island, Guardian UK (01-02-2009)
It may be known as a tropical paradise, an archipelago of 1,200 coral islands in the Indian Ocean. But the traditional image of the Maldives hides a dirty secret: the world’s biggest rubbish island…

This Island Is A Toxic Bomb In The Center Of Paradise, Bloomberg News, (03-09-2013)
Hundreds of tons of solid waste and toxic material from Malé and luxury hotels on nearby islands are unloaded on Thilafushi every day.The amount of waste continues to grow as more and more tourists flock to the islands…

In Pictures: Maldives ‘rubbish island’ turns paradise into dump, Guardian UK
Thilafushi receives hundreds of tonnes of rubbish from other islands in the Maldives every day. Sixteen years ago it was an unspoilt coral reef…

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