Turismo sa basura, or talking trashy in Boracay

By Stanley Palisada, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 22 2011 05:36 PM | Updated as of May 23 2011 01:36 AM

The garbage dump is not your usual tourist attraction. But I never regretted touring Boracay's trash mountain.

I may not relish the smell but the experience made me a tad eco-wiser.

Welcome to the Boracay Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) a.k.a "basurahan".

Located just before the sprawling Fairways and Bluewater estate, the Boracay MRF awaits garbage, and maybe visitors who are not just in Boracay for the good things in life.

You'll know when you're near, your nose will give a heads up.

It may not be a treat to the senses but I still recommend the brief tour for educational reasons. Do it for the love of Boracay. Or world peace.

There are valuable lessons buried under heaps of trash and refuse at the facility--lessons for many Philippine cities about Boracay's best practices, perfected through time just like its white sands.

The island eventually learned what to do with all the rubbish we tourists leave behind.

Boracay produces 7 to 10 tonnes of garbage each day, figures that are highly understated as during peak seasons, tourists, resorts, hotels and locals can be more wasteful, and all that trash can't just rot somewhere.

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