Indonesia is the second largest contributor to plastic in the world, following closely behind China. Solo, Serayu, Progo, and Brantas rivers are some of the most polluted rivers in the world. They are only getting worse. Because there is no water system, locals depend on rivers for drinking and washing. This is a problem if they’re extremely toxic and contaminated. It’s a neverending cycle, though. Because the rivers are contaminated, locals must use water bottles for drinking water, which only adds to the pollution.
Every single year, the ocean receives over 2 million tons of plastic waste, which contaminates the waterways and beaches around the country. Many people in the country use single-use plastic, which is one of the most harmful things to the environment. It’s one of the most polluted areas in the world. Indonesia alone contributes 200,000 tons of plastic waste into streams and rivers. Because of this, the waterways are reaching dangerously high levels of toxicity and have dangerously high levels of E.coli and other toxic pathogens. Now, the water is so toxic that it’s undrinkable. Many locals are struggling to find clean water sources (Borgen Project).