Indonesia is drowning in plastic

Photography : Laurent WEYL     Texts : Aude RAUX    

The fishermen of Kedonganan village pay with their own money for people to collect the plastic waste on the beach and burn it to facilitate the access of their boats to the sea.
Indonesia, Jakarta bay. Indonesia is, after China, the second largest producer of plastic waste in the world's oceans.
Indonesia, Jakarta Bay.
 8 million tonnes of plastic waste enters the oceans every year.
Indonesia, Jakarta bay. Indonesia is, after China, the second largest producer of plastic waste in the world's oceans.
Indonesia, Panggang Island, Seribu Archipelago. 
Facing the overpopulation of their island, the inhabitants gain land by grabbing the sea. They set up a marine dump in which they throw their detritus trapped by nets. In the end, they consolidate the land with dead corals and plastic waste.
Indonesia, Panggang Island, Seribu Archipelago. 
Facing the overpopulation of their island, the inhabitants gain land by grabbing the sea. They set up a marine dump in which they throw their detritus trapped by nets. In the end, they consolidate the land with dead corals and plastic waste.
Indonesia, Panggang Island, Seribu Archipelago.
 Facing the overpopulation of their island, the inhabitants gain land by grabbing the sea. They set up a marine dump in which they throw their detritus trapped by nets. In the end, they consolidate the land with dead corals and plastic waste.
Indonesia, Panggang Island, Seribu Archipelago.
 Facing the overpopulation of their island, the inhabitants gain land by grabbing the sea. They set up a marine dump in which they throw their detritus trapped by nets. In the end, they consolidate the land with dead corals and plastic waste.
Indonesia, opposit the island of Putri, archipelago of Seribu.
 Lopus is a former fisherman who became a diver. Regularly, he collects marine litter accumulating around his island to reuse or sell.
Indonesia, facing Putri Island, Seribu archipelago.
 Swietenia Lestari, co-founder of the NGO Divers Clean Action, organizing a dive to clean the seabed.
Indonesia, Harapan Island, Seribu Archipelago. 
If, formerly, Indonesians wrapped their food in biodegradable banana leaves, now they use plastic.
Indonesia, archipelago of Seribu.
 The NGO Divers Clean Action organizes ecological weekends. It is the opportunity to make these three young people aware of the harmful consequences of plastic waste on ecosystems.
Indonesia, archipelago of Seribu. 
For Swietenia Lestari, co-founder of the NGO Divers Clean Action, the education of children is key to changing our plastic consumer society.
Under the auspices of the international Trash Hero movement, these three generations of the same family voluntarily clean the beach of Padang Galak soiled by plastic waste.
Indonesia, Bali, Udayana University in Denpasar.
 Cok Yudantari, a student, and her teacher Gede Hendrawan, director of the marine and coastal environment research group at Udayana University in Denpasar, dissect sardinella to observe the impact of plastic waste on the local fishery.
Indonesia, Bali, Seseh beach.
 In 2013, two sisters, Isabel and Melati Wijsen, only aged 10 and 12 respectively at that time, founded the Bye Bye Plastic Bags association to fight against plastic pollution.
Indonesia, Bali, dumps near Denpasar.
 According to Enri Damanhuri, director of the research group on air and waste management at the Technological Institute of Bandung, there is no proper waste treatment system in Indonesia : in urban areas only 70 % are collected and 40 % in rural areas.
Indonesia, Bali, dumps near Denpasar.
 According to Enri Damanhuri, director of the research group on air and waste management at the Technological Institute of Bandung, there is no proper waste treatment system in Indonesia : in urban areas only 70 % are collected and 40 % in rural areas.
Indonesia, Java island.
 According to the rankings of the Black Smith Institute and Green Cross NGOs, the Citarum is the most polluted river in the world. "Pemulung" (scavangers) collect plastic waste for sale to recycling intermediaries.
In the background, a wild dump at the edge of the river that flows into the Java Sea, carrying this plastic waste.
Indonesia, Java island.
 According to the rankings of the Black Smith Institute and Green Cross NGOs, the Citarum is the most polluted river in the world. "Pemulung" (scavanger) collect plastic waste for sale to recycling intermediaries.
For three days, Pemulung, volunteers and soldiers gather for a big cleaning, with the governmental goal of cleaning up the Citarum. In December 2017, Indonesian President Joko Widodo pledged to "make the river water drinkable again by 2025".
Indonesia, Java island.
 According to the rankings of the Black Smith Institute and Green Cross NGOs, the Citarum is the most polluted river in the world. "Pemulung" (scavanger) collect plastic waste for sale to recycling intermediaries.
For three days, Pemulung, volunteers and soldiers gather for a big cleaning, with the governmental goal of cleaning up the Citarum. In December 2017, Indonesian President Joko Widodo pledged to "make the river water drinkable again by 2025".
Indonesia, Java.
 Indra Darmawan has created a place in his neighborhood dedicated to "Zero Waste" which houses a kindergarden. Children are made aware of selective sorting : once a week, they are invited to return a bag filled with plastic packaging in exchange for a carton of milk.
Indonesia, Java.
 Wild dump on the edge of the Citarum, which NGOs Black Smith Institute and Green Cross, have classified as the most polluted river in the world.
According to the rankings of the Black Smith Institute and Green Cross NGOs, the Citarum is the most polluted river in the world.
In December 2017, Indonesian President Joko Widodo pledged to "make the river water drinkable again by 2025". 4 400 soldiers were deployed to coordinate this titanic project.
Indonésie, baie de Jakarta, KBN Cilincing beach. 80 % of litter in the seas comes from land.
Indonésie, baie de Jakarta, KBN Cilincing beach. 80 % of litter in the seas comes from land.
Indonesia, Jakarta Bay.
 This “Pemulung” (ragman) collects the plastic bottles which proliferate, due to lack of drinking tap water.
Indonesia, Bantar Gebang Landfill, Bekasi. In undignified working conditions, scavangers sort plastic waste by material and color before turning it into bales for recycling.
Indonesia, Bantar Gebang Landfill, Bekasi. In undignified working conditions, scavangers sort plastic waste by material and color before turning it into bales for recycling.
Indonesia, Bantar Gebang Landfill, Bekasi. Recycling of plastic waste.
Indonesia, Bantar Gebang Landfill, Bekasi.
 Recycling of plastic waste. Many workers live on their workplaces.