Some beaches and small islands in Con Dao Islands, the emerging travel destination in southern Vietnam, are now covered in trash even as the tourism boom has just begun, local media reported.
Con Dao, nearly 100 nautical miles off Vung Tau, attracts tourists with pristine beaches and historical landmarks.
But it is facing the risk of becoming an open landfill site if the current littering and dumping trend continues, according to a Tuoi Tre report.
Dong Beach, located near Co Ong Airport, was once beautiful and untouched. But now it is filled with all kinds of waste that it can hardly be called a beach anymore.
Some local residents usually visit the beach just to collect something that can still be recycled or used.
Bay Canh Island, famous for sea turtles laying eggs on the beaches, is also full of waste, mostly household trash.
A local forest ranger said Con Dao has seven beaches, all of which is now covered by trash which he said drifted ashore.
According to local authorities, the waste in Con Dao is dumped by local fishers on the sea and also comes from neighboring countries and was washed to Con Dao.
Nguyen Khac Pho, deputy director of Con Dao National Park, said forest rangers had to collect the garbage during their free time.
Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province’s Environment Protection Department said it is impossible to prevent waste from being carried to the beaches by strong winds.
It said local authorities were aware of the situation but it can not handle such a large amount of waste.