Jababeka Invites Mekarmukti Villagers to Process Household Organic Waste
According to the Bekasi Regency Environment Office, the waste that enters the Burangkeng Landfill is approximately 2,000 tons – 2,800 tons of waste per day. While the capacity that can be processed or entered burangkeng landfill is 600 tons of waste. This means that the amount of waste in burangkeng landfill has exceeded its capacity or overload. Therefore, it is necessary to find an alternative way so that the waste in burangkeng landfill can be reduced.
Seeing this condition, PT Jababeka Tbk (Jababeka) was moved to help. Jababeka collaborated with the Bekasi Regency Environment Office and the management of mekarmukti Recycling Center (PDU), conducting environmental education activities starting from February 2 to 3, 2022.
The purpose of this environmental education activity is to encourage people – whether in the form of groups – to start managing the household waste they produce, or even turning waste into economic value.
Because, waste actually has economic value that benefits the community if they know how to manage it, such as composting or cultivating maggots for organic waste, while plastic waste is used as a handicraft product. As a result, all that is left when sent to burangkeng landfill is only residual waste or types of waste that are difficult to recycle. The effect of the economic value of this waste, can be seen from the emergence of waste banks in various places.
Environmental education activities run smoothly with strict protocols and get a very good interest. On the first day, as many as 30 participants received education on waste bank management and household waste management from the Bekasi Regency Environment Office , represented by Eddy Sirotim as the Head of the Waste Control Section- DLH of Bekasi Regency.
Then on the second day, the participants were taken to Saung Pendidikan 09 Jatisari in Bekasi City to conduct an appeal study so that reference participants had concrete in waste management. They reviewed the Integrated Waste Management Site (TPST) which is managed independently by the surrounding community.
Inorganic waste handling uses incinerators that use leech oil fuel. While handling organic waste utilizes maggots whose results can be reused as animal feed and organic fertilizer.
Eddy Sirotim as the Head of the Waste Control Section from Environtment Office of Bekasi Regency gave appreciation to Jababeka who had held environmental education activities for the people of Mekarmukti Village. He hopes that after this educational activity can open awareness to at least start sorting organic and non-organic waste before being disposed of, or there are even participants who are moved to create a new waste bank in their environment.
Because, good waste management can not only make the environment clean and tidy, but become an item of economic value can improve the economy and family welfare, such as collecting plastic waste from household waste sorting in an environment. Because Eddy admitted that a number of private parties there are asking for help from Environment Office of Bekasi Regency to be introduced by waste managers to buy plastic waste that they will process again into their products or other products.
Furthermore, Eddy hopes that this environmental education activity will make people in Mekarmukti Village begin to slowly realize the importance of managing the waste they produce themselves. With people wanting to sort and process waste starting from home, it is very effective in helping to reduce waste deposits in burangkeng landfill.
In response, Tjahjadi Rahardja as Vice President Director of PT Jababeka Tbk hopes that the educational activity can benefit the people of Mekarmukti Village. Tjahjadi emphasized that Jababeka is committed to continue to strive to support the activities of the surrounding community in realizing a clean and sustainable environment through The Jabat (Jababeka Bersahabat) Alam programs during 2022, including dealing with the waste problem in burangkeng landfill which is currently overloaded.
“Of course, household waste management education activities will have further activities. We hope that from this educational activity, many residents are aware of the importance of managing waste, namely sorting waste first before finally being thrown into landfill,” concluded Tjahjadi.
As for the environmental education activities, Jababeka also provides assistance in the form of waste bank equipment to PDU Mekarmukti, namely 15 Kg sitting scales, 150 kg manual hanging scales and 200 kg digital and 150 waste bank passbooks. Later, these items will be distributed by PDU Mekarmukti to be loaned or given to new waste banks in Mekarmukti Village.