Lecturer Serves IPB University Partners with PT SMI to Manage Waste Banks in Pamijahan Bogor

Garbage is not only referred to as a useless item. In its utilization, waste has economic value, especially plastic packaging waste. Therefore, there is a need for waste management to be useful for the community, namely by building a waste bank.

Socialization and Focus Group Discussion (FGD), 17/7 held by the Department of Resource and Environmental Economics (ESL) Faculty of Economics and Management (FEM) IPB University and PT Sarana Multi Infrastructure (PT SMI) in Pasarean Pamijahan Village, Bogor Regency, discussed about the sustainability of waste management that has been carried out by Srikandi Berdikari Waste Bank (BSSI). This activity is also one of the Lecturer Serves programs that has been coordinated by the Institute for Research and Community Service (LPPM) IPB University.

Dr Meti Ekayani, Secretary of the ESL Department explained that obstacles in the implementation of waste banks include the lack of participation and concern from citizens regarding waste, institutional and governance as well as fluctuating waste prices. So according to her there is a need for a solution in the form of a development program to increase the number of active customers, increase the institutional capacity and capacity of the management of the waste bank and develop recycled products that have a selling value.

"There is garbage that cannot be sold directly by the garbage bank, most of it is plastic packaging. So that those waste needs to be utilized as a product that is of value in order to reduce the plastic packaging waste that is thrown into the environment. Products that are made are directed into products that are much needed, attractive designs, and affordable prices, so they are easy to market. For example seminar kit, wedding souvenirs, shopping bags. In this case it needs creativity in making products and foresight in seeing the market, "she said.

With the existence of a waste bank, it is hoped that the community can increase their awareness of the importance of environmental cleanliness and the waste can provide economic value to the community through waste management in the form of paper, cardboard, cans, plastic packaging that comes from households.

On this occasion, Dr. Eva Anggraini, IPB University lecturer who is also the Director of Scientific Publication and Strategic Information of IPB University said that the evaluation of waste management needs to be done because of the decreasing participation of Srikandi Berdikari Waste Bank, which originally reached nearly 100 members, now only a few are active. In addition, this evaluation is also expected to be able to attract parties in other Rukun Warga (RW) to get involved in the waste bank so that the planned expansion of the waste bank scale can be carried out.

"The steps that need to be taken are regular and active socialization and training in the village so it can increase community’s participation in becoming a member of the waste bank. Do not forget to provide facilities or equipment that supports it. Besides the clear rules, the selection of management according to expertise and compiling work plans is also important in managing a waste bank, "she said.

According to her, the community in general hopes that with the existence of a waste bank it can make a clean environment, a source of income, the expansion of waste bank services, the construction of warehouses / shelters, can increase the creativity of the community and the garbage bank becomes a formal institution. (IAAS/Els)



Published Date : 25-Jul-2020

Resource Person : Dr Meti Ekayani, Dr Eva Anggraini

Keyword : Srikandi Berdikari Waste Bank, IPB University Lecturer, LPPM, ESL, FEM