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Kisköre flooded with waste

In addition to climate change and global warming, the continuous production of inconceivable amounts of waste is also endangering our environment, and most of that waste consists of single-use plastics.

Plastic waste takes hundreds of years to decompose, and in the meantime it causes massive damage to nature and wildlife.

Waste and environmental pollution caused by littering is an increasingly severe problem in Hungary, too. At the Kisköre dam, a massive quantity of waste has been caught this year, mostly composed of PET bottles, plastic bags and other plastic waste, risking the survival of the wildlife along the banks of the Tisza, and resulting in heart-breaking sights for people visiting the area.

According to experts, the layer of waste floating in front of the hydroelectric plant could be as thick as two metres, while the patch is about as large as three football fields.

The layer of waste floating in front of the hydroelectric plant could be as thick as two metres, while the patch is about as large as three football fields Photo: Dimitry Ljasuk/turistamagazin.hu

Dimitry Ljasuk usually makes nature documentaries about the natural beauty of the Tisza Lake and its surroundings, but this time he has captured the many tonnes of waste mixed in with floating timber and animal carcasses.

“I collect waste regularly, and I organise waste collection, but sadly, we could keep collecting it indefinitely and there would always be more. As long as we, humans, keep buying products that are already considered waste at the moment of production, this will not change. That is why in my video I ask people to think, to make purchases with more awareness and responsibility, and, of course, never to throw away litter, because this is the result of that,”

the video artist told turistamagazin.hu. In March, he organised 60 volunteers and together they removed 1.5 tonnes of waste from the banks of the Tisza River.

“Huge garbage patch on the River Tisza – You have done this, human!" (Kisköre Hyrdoelectric Plant, Lake Tisza, Hungary, 2 June 2019) Video: YouTube/Dimitry Ljasuk (To turn on English subtitles when viewing the video, click on the Subtitles button in the player's bottom toolbar.)

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