IPB University Lecturer and Student Collaboration Creates the Maggot Apartment, a Waste Solution in the Village Around Campus Circle

Lecturers and students of IPB University collaborate in counseling activities and training on processing organic waste, especially food waste by utilizing maggot as a decomposer. Counseling was given to residents of the Dramaga Regensi Complex, Balumbang Jaya Village, Bogor City, West Java. This activity is part of the Regular Serving Lecturer and IPB University Regular Serving Student program.

To process organic waste, IPB University lecturers and students built a maggot apartment. This maggot apartment is expected to be a pilot project so that it can be an inspiration for other villages around the campus. In addition, the community also benefits both from an economic and ecological perspective.

IPB University lecturers who were involved in this event included Ir Nindyantoro, MSP as the chief executive, consisting of Dr Novindra and Dr Kastana Sapanli. All three are IPB University lecturers from the Department of Natural Resources Economy and Environment (ESL), Faculty of Economics and Management (FEM). Also present were Muhammad Arifin, SPt, MSi, IPB University lecturer from the Department of Animal Production and Technology (IPTP), Faculty of Animal Science (Fapet).

Ir Nindyantoro, MSP on this occasion stated that the waste sorting process carried out so far has not been running ideally. According to him, waste sorting will reduce the volume of waste that is disposed of, from heaps to Temporary Disposal Sites (TPS). Or from TPS to Final Disposal Sites (TPA).

“Efforts for composting and recycling are still limited and unsustainable so that the amount of waste that is disposed of to the TPS is the same as that which is disposed of to the TPA. On the other hand, the limited land area of the TPA is not able to accommodate piles of garbage which can endanger the surrounding community at any time,” he said.

Dr Novindra said that households are the largest contributor of waste from the total waste that goes to the TPA. The composition of the largest waste in the TPA is organic waste as much as 70 percent, the rest is in the form of non-organic waste. Although it is easy to decompose, the organic waste requires special handling at the household level so that its volume can be reduced. If waste at the household level can be reduced, it is hoped that it will reduce the volume of waste at TPS and TPA.

“Organic waste in question is mainly food scraps that are not finished, vegetable and fruit residues that are not processed because they are damaged/rotten. In addition to reducing the amount of organic waste at the household level, maggot cultivation can bring financial benefits, because maggot can be used as food for fish, birds and chickens," added Arifin.
According to Dr Kastana, the reduced amount of organic waste at the household level as well as at the TPS and TPA will indirectly have an impact on the handling of environmental economic problems. Because by reducing the frequency of operation of garbage trucks, it can lead to a decrease in air pollution and carbon emissions, he said. (*/Rz)

Published Date : 27-Sep-2022

Resource Person : Ir Nindyantoro, MSP

Keyword : Maggot Apartments, IPB Students, IPB Lecturers, Students Serving IPB, Lecturers Serving IPB