When you live on an atoll like Tarawa, anything that gets there, stays there. So sadly, Kiribati is notorious known for their trash problem. But believe it or not, it used to be way worse than today. Sure, the people still use the lagoon as a trash bin, but a lot of projects funded by international organisations are in progress to put Kiribati up to standard with fresh water, waste water, trash handling, energy, etc.. So a smelly landfill is actually an improvement.