Public Policy Analysis on Plastic Waste Control in Merauke
Keywords:Public policy; plastic waste; environment awareness
Merauke is a relatively small area in eastern Indonesia, but the waste problem is serious, one of which is plastic waste. Most plastic waste is classified as a type of non-biodegradable waste that takes hundreds of years to decompose. The amount of plastic waste is directly proportional to its population, in other words humans contribute to plastic waste and cause environmental pollution. Therefore, it requires the role of society, government processes and regulations, as well as public awareness of the use of plastics. This study aims to examine whether public policies related to plastic waste can build social values, knowledge, abilities, and attitudes of environmental awareness by looking at the available evidence. The evidence-based analysis method is used to see people's environmental awareness through the evaluation of the literature and the quality of the research base. Data research was obtained through the Department of Environment of Life, Regulation of Regents, and the Regions, observation, and surveys. Results of the study showed the rate of consumption of plastic is still high although it knew would impact; custom carrying pouch-friendly environment in the supermarket not be applied when the market traditionally (predisposing); the government has been providing facilities and infrastructure will be but the ratio of the means of infrastructure are not comparable with the number of people Merauke (enabling); implementation of the policy is not effective need to be assessed again (reinforcing). Keep in the education policies of government through a campaign that routine can change the behavior and is slowly becoming a habit.