Maldives Trash Island

Trash may be the last thing to think of to promote tourism. But, that is what is happening in Maldives.

Thilafushi, an island entirely made of trash, has recently caught global attention. The island has been featured on Mail Online, BBC,, Business Insider, Discovery Channel and Yahoo News.

Despite being featured as dark side of paradise, it was found fascinating to many readers.

Thilafushi, the trash island of Maldives, collects trash from many residential islands in Kaafu Atoll and resorts across the country.

Trash is sorted and materials such as plastic and metal are recycled, house-hold waste is mostly incinerated. Construction waste is dumped to the sea to extend the land area.

The land made out of trash is then leased to industrial projects. Thilafushi is an industrial hub that houses most of the factories in the country which otherwise would be a burden to the people of residential islands.

Started as a trash dumping site, over the time Thilafushi has grown to become the central hub of industrial projects and now it is taking shape of a tourism product too.

More tourists know of its existence and often like to know more about it.

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