Polluted River

The Citarum River in Indonesia is the most polluted river in the world.  In many parts, the top is a solid raft of garbage, household waste, shoes, bottles, diapers, and more, and it is so densely packed a person can walk on it.
Look at the pictures here and imagine the smell.

More here.

In addition to house hold rubbish, and household sewage, the river is polluted by waste from farms along the way and multiple factories. most of the factories are textile factories which dump toxins directly into the river.  These include textile companies that make clothing Americans buy. (also here).  Buying your clothing second hand, and donating it to thrift shops so they can buy second hand, is one small way to avoid participating in the direct purchase of clothing made by companies that dump toxins in Indonesian rivers. They mostly have permits to do so, btw. They aren’t dumping illegally for the most part.

Why shop thrift shops for clothes

That won’t stop people from throwing their garbage into the river, tho.  I don’t know that anybody but the Indonesian people themselves can stop that.  The government is sending in soldiers to clean it up.  They hope to return it to a condition where people drink it safely in seven years.

This river flows directly into the Pacific ocean.

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