Far from a postcard: Over the past 30 years The Maldives has developed into the no. 1 luxury destination in the world and today the island nation cater to 700.000 tourists every year. .The average tourist produces 3.5 kilo of waste every day and on the island nation of The Maldives, scattered out across 1,199 islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean, there's no working waste management system. For this reason the government in 1992 created the artificial landfill of Thilafushi on a reef off the coast of the capital island of Malé. Today Thilafushi is one of the largest artificial islands in the world growing another full square meter every day.