Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Garbage collection in the countryside

So this is not about garbage collection in Java, but in the countryside of Romania. Large parts of Romania looks still like an old style programming language where no garbage collection takes place. People in the countryside are still throwing the garbage in some improvised landfills at the end of the village, or by the local river. But the garbage that used to be mostly biodegradable tens of years ago now consists mainly of plastics, cans, metals and whatever else you could imagine. No wonder many river banks look like this:

This is the first project I heard of where the garbage collection in the countryside is being greatly improved. It's in the Dolj county and 9 villages are involved. This is a tiny number from the over 2000 villages in Romania, but at least it's a start. Now I'll go back to Java and its automatic garbage collection.
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