Thursday, August 14, 2008

India's 'fragrant' rubbish dumps

Authorities in the western Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay) have been dousing rubbish dumps with perfume to lessen the putrid stench.

Municipal workers have been spraying two landfills in the city with herbal perfume for the last six months after residents complained of the stink.

Locals say perfuming the rubbish has lessened the stench. Environmentalists say it is an unsustainable solution.

A herbal perfume diluted with water is sprayed over the landfills almost every day. The perfume costs $114,000 for 42,000 litres, which is required to "perfume" the landfills for between six to eight months.

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