I am sharing a short 3 1/2 minute video to show you one of Romania's devastating problems. Rubbish dumping. EVERYWHERE! Scroll down to watch the video.
Romania is one of the most stunning and scenic places in the world. It is luscious, vast, and only has a population of less than 20 million. However, every day when I go for my walk, I am saddened to see the waste, litter and trash lining the sides of the roads, river beds and mountainscape. Guys, I am serious, I am not exaggerating. It is everywhere.
Romania has a recycling problem. They fail to select their garbage and throw everything in the same bin, making it very difficult for local waste management firms to process the rubbish. Thus, most of the waste, including plastics and other materials that could easily be recycled, ends up in legal or illegal landfills.
In Romania, the recycling rate in 2016 was only 5%, while about 80% of the municipal waste ended up in landfills.
Now in my local area, they have only just organised a local garbage company to collect the rubbish. Before that, people were burning their trash, dumping it, or driving it into the city to a collection drop off.
Yesterday, Gabriel went house to house with the mayor and delivered flyers to educate locals on recycling and why it is crucial. BUT — even more importantly, to encourage LESS waste, to begin with. We offered solutions, but whether people take them up or not, we will have to see. The majority of general garbage can be composted, and, much plastic waste can be avoided. For example; collect your water from the abundant freshwater springs, instead of bottled water — as well, stop drinking your unhealthy fizzy drinks. But that's a campaign for another time. There are pharmacy's on every corner here, and they're always full. I've never seen a population require so many pills and medications. Not a good sign.
I want to write a disclaimer that I am not judging here... I get it... This country has been through a lot, and simply don't know how to live better. But, Gabriel and I are so passionate about helping and sharing. We hope in time it is well received and we impact lives and the environment for the better.
I hope you enjoy the video, and be sure to let me know your thoughts.
Ally and Gabriel