Vehicle scrapheap

  • 14 February 2015

How to dispose of old vehicles must be a real problem in a tiny country with few resources and an even smaller amount of land.  I found piles of old cars stacked up in a narrow space between the road and the lagoon.

How to dispose of rubbish on a tiny island? Old cars, Funafuti Atoll, Tuvalu

As you can see from the photo below, it appears that some vehicles are not brand new when they arrive in Tuvalu.  So old vehicles that other countries don’t want (or at least are sold off cheaply) arrive on a tiny Pacific atoll, and have no way off again.  This must be one more environmental problem that tiny Tuvalu does not need.

It seems second hand vehicles are imported into Tuvalu from overseas.

It looks like the escaped jeepney I found in the back streets of Funafuti is also starting to look a bit forlorn and is now on the scrapheap.  You might remember that I found it in a reasonable state of repair

Escaped jeepney, parked somewhere in Vaiaku, Funafuti Atoll, Tuvalu

I found it appearing in photos taken by travellers to Tuvalu appearing on two recent blogs (here and here), and it’s now in a state of disrepair.  It looks unlikely that it will be running the streets of the atoll again any time soon.


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