Universitas Indonesia Conferences, The 8th International Symposium of Journal Antropologi Indonesia

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“Let the Rain to Sweep Away the Garbage”: Local Waste Disposing Initiative in the Coastal Area of ​​Maros Regency
Muhammad Nurjaya, Muhammad Nurjaya

Last modified: 2022-06-06


Garbage is a very serious problem in Indonesia, especially plastic garbage. Referring to the data reported by the Indonesian Plastic Industry Association (INAPLAS) and the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), out of 64 million tons per year of plastic waste produced by Indonesia, 3.2 million tons are plastic waste dumped in the sea. The government is committed, through PP No. 83/2018 regarding Plastic Waste, is committed to reduce plastic waste in the sea to 70% by 2025 as stated in PP No. 83/2018 regarding Marine Debris. This article deals with how do people simply deal with their daily waste.


Using qualitative approach, this study was conducted in the coastal village in Maros Regency. Data was collected using in-depth interview and observation. We interviewed Village Head, community leader, the head of sanitary agency, and local community.


The study shows that coastal areas are the major contributor to plastic waste being dumped into the sea. The absence of garbage collection in coastal areas causes people to take the initiative to throw garbage in the sea where they live in the vicinity. For them, the sea is a vast expanse, so when garbage is dumped in the sea, the problem of waste disposal is resolved. In coastal areas, in general, people do not have latrines, defecation is carried out by the sea, so that once they defecate, they also throw garbage in the sea. Garbage in plastic packaging contains a collection of organic and non-organic waste. While organic waste tends to sink, then non-organic waste, especially plastic, floats on the sea surface. This has great potential to change the environment, interfere the development of marine life, etc. Indonesia's marine area reaches 3,257,357 km, while marine debris policy is not grounded to the village level. Therefore, the government's ambitions in this regard are questionable.

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