India’s Plastic Problem


Once if you went to India
They’d warn you to watch your tum
They’d speak of Delhi Belly
And other joys to come.

But now there is bottled water
You can buy it anywhere
And they don’t tell ‘would be’ tourists
That they will get the runs.

So now they moan about rubbish
They say it’s everywhere
They forget it’s for our stomachs
That much of it is there.

India’s day starts with sweeping
It’s done with a bunch of twigs
And then the rubbish they burn it
It’s always been that way

But those wretched plastic bottles
They just won’t burn away.
So the rubbish made of plastic
Alas will often stay.

So tourists if there’s rubbish
Before you express disgust
Just remember the problem
Is partly caused by us.


7 thoughts on “India’s Plastic Problem

    1. Gosh I don’t think there were ever people puking everywhere, just slightly funny tummies. The problem is many places have no organised refuse collection so historically burned all their rubbish. I understand India has recently banned plastic bags so ahead of us in that respect.

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      1. I don’t see why they can’t have organized refuse collection. We used to have that problem here — the whole rubbish burning thing. It made a lot of haze so the govt had to issue fines for people who burn rubbish. Have a good day, Andrew. 🙂


  1. I wish the problem were half as funny as your poem, Andrew! But like you said in your comment, we’ve banned plastic carry bags & bottles, although I wonder if it’s already too little too late!
    You have a good day and thanks for coming by!


  2. Hi I just discovered your work and the coming by was a pleasure. We love India and visit when we can. The rubbish is a problem but one your government is obviously taking seriously. Sorting the problem could create work for so many who need it but someone would need to foot the bill.

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