Thilafushi is a fake island made as a metropolitan landfill arranged toward the west of Male, and is situated between Kaafu Atoll's Giraavaru and Gulhifalhu of the Maldives.
Thilafushi initially was a tidal pond called "Thilafalhu" with a length of 7 km and a width of 200 meters at the shallowest districts. It appeared taking after a progression of discourses and endeavors to determine Male's refuse dilemma amid the mid 1990s. The choice to recover Thilafalhu as a landfill was made on December 5, 1991.
Thilafushi got its first heap of refuse from Male on January 7, 1992. Operations began with only 1 landing make, 4 substantial load trucks, 2 excavators and a solitary wheel loader. Amid its initial years of waste transfer operations, pits (otherwise called cells) with a volume of 37,500 ft3 (1060 m3) were burrowed, after which the sand got from the exhuming was utilized to develop walled fenced in areas around the inside border of the phones. Squander got from Male was saved into the middle of the pit, which was finished off with a layer of development trash and after that consistently leveled with white sand. At first there was no isolation of the waste since it must be arranged instantly because of mass aggregation.
Today Thilafushi has a landmass of more than 4.6 million ft2 (0.43 km²). The quick earthly development of Thilafushi was seen by the Government, and in November 1997, it was chosen that land was to be rented to business people keen on obtaining land for modern purposes. At first there were only 22 rent holders. Inside the previous 10 years, this number has multiplied to 54 bringing about more than 1.2 million square feet (0.11 km² or 27.5 sections of land) of land being utilized as of now, which creates an overabundance of 14 million Rufiyaa (about USD1,000,000.00) per annum. Before long, a range of 0.2 km² (known as Thilafushi-2) was recovered utilizing white sand as the filling material to give firm ground to the all the more overwhelming businesses.
The present (major) modern exercises in the island are watercraft fabricating, bond pressing, methane gas packaging and different substantial scale warehousing.
In March 2015 the Maldivian government chose to migrate the focal business port from Male to Thilafushi.