Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Island is being called out by Portfolio.com for leaving a trash heap when it departed from the island where the show was filmed.
The program was shot on Isla Colon in Panama, home to a bustling boating community and a small airport.
A local newspaper and a nature blogger both claim the MTV production crew left behind large amounts of trash and acted with total disregard for the natural beauty of the site of the once picturesque locale.
"I have seen the aftermath of a tornado and this was almost as bad," blogger Joe Maher wrote on his blog, where he displays pictures of the destruction MTV left behind (to his credit, we posted one of his shots to demonstrate the filth).
Maher, who runs a program in Panama for the Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, has a station near Starfish Beach, where most of the filming took place. He surveyed the area after the crew left and writes, "The place looked like a trash dump," with evidence of felled trees, wooden structures, and pages of scripts.
Allene Blaker, editor of the local newspaper Bocas Breeze, wrote a direct letter to MTV in her newspaper's August issue.
"By not revealing your whereabouts last month (those were my own photos of the [MTV] bungalows on the beach), I was respecting your privacy," she wrote. "You should have the decency to respect our property."
Blaker also pleaded for MTV to send someone to "pick up all these discarded, empty plastic water bottles, please."
A spokeswoman for MTV said that no trees were cut down for the filming of The Island, and that the pictures were taken before crews had a chance to clean up the area.
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