Plastic waste fills Indonesian river and 'never stops coming'

Reuters Jalan Denpasar, Cinere, Depok City, West Java, Indonesia Jan 23, 2019, 06:27 PM(IST)

Under the baking West Java sun, Indonesian boys chit-chat on a river bridge -- an idyllic scene if not for the masses of plastic waste that fills the surface of the water below. Pisang Batu is one of the country's most polluted rivers, according to Bekasi Region's Department of Environment. Hundreds of tonnes of rubbish collect there every rainy season because of a dam built downstream, which stops plastic waste flowing from villages upstream to go through. Between September to March, residents, with the help of garbage trucks assigned by authorities, try to clean up their river.

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