India’s ever-increasing garbage issue:
When pressed to describe India, anyone who has visited it will immediately recall any one of the countless romantic cliches on offer: women disappearing down alleyways in beautifully coloured saris, the tantalising scent of street-side masala chai, or the endless array of flavours at local spice markets. What they’ll also recall, however, is the trash. To say the country is drowning in rubbish wouldn’t be overly hyperbolic: Over 62 million tonnes is created every day by the 377 million people living in urban India. One estimate predicts that it could be as high as 165 million by 2031. While the government may be pushing their campaign to clean up the country's streets by 2019, their landfills are at bursting point. In Delhi, where this photo was taken, three out of four of the city’s landfills are overdue for closure with no end to the dumping in sight. India's largest and oldest site, Mumbai’s Deonar landfill, is so poorly engineered that it is wildly encroaching upon nearby neighbourhoods, causing increasing incidences of respiratory and skin diseases, dysentery and food poisoning amongst locals. A four-day-long fire ignited at the site in January that could be seen from space.
With effective legislation taking its time, municipalities have spawned small, unorthodox ways of combatting the issue. Cities such as Goa and Delhi have launched apps like "Swachh Delhi" that allows vigilantes to photograph and upload images of any illegal dumping. The perpetrator is issued with a fine, and the snitch sometimes a financial reward.
Under a Rapid Metro station in Delhi.