Image via Danwei
187,700 tourists visited Gulangyu Island over the May Day holiday, and left approximately 1.9 pounds of trash per person, according to the Haixi Morning Post (photo above). The massive piles of trash amounted to 180 tons, a boom from last year’s garbage-fest of just 165 tons. And you thought May Day was just about the ACFTU screwing over workers! No, it’s also about garbage, but so are most other days.
Gulangyu Island is a hot-spot for tourists, and local authorities had tried their damnedest to be ready for this year’s trash-dropping hordes. No luck, according to the news analysts at Danwei.com:
All this is despite that during the May Day holiday the island was equipped with more than 100 sanitation vehicles, 100 rubbish bins, and almost 300 hygiene officials. The latter worked every day from 4:30 am to 12:00 pm to clean up the trash but – as the newspaper sardonically puts it – “were unable to always maintain a clean environment”.
At least Gulangyu officials won’t feel lonely; the number of garbage stories this year has been unreal. Their disgustingness has only been overpowered by the occasional rat-meat food safety story, but that seems like unfair competition.