Prof Arief Sabdo Yuwono Reminds Household Waste Management Must Start with Behavior

The issue of household waste is an issue that never ends. Mainstream media, of course, often discuss waste management, however the implementation itself is arguably minimal.  Although Indonesia already has Law (UU) no. 18/2008 concerning Waste Management, its application is also not maximized.

IPB University household waste management expert and practitioner, Prof. Arief Sabdo Yuwono said that not a few of the government officials themselves did not manage waste at home. Talks related to waste management are only at the level of talk or discourse, there is no real form of behavior in sorting waste.

According to him, the government authorities have given a target for reducing the amount of waste and luxurious studies, but their behavior does not reflect the law on waste.  If the community leaders do not provide good and concrete examples, the community will certainly not be compelled to implement them.

Actually, he continued, the management of household waste must first begin with a strong intention and will.  Aware of the community's obligation to protect the environment.  “The most important thing is behavior, it doesn't have to be too grandiose.  It is important to start at home and do it gradually," said the Professor of IPB University from the Faculty of Agricultural Technology in an interview recently.

According to him, people's mindset needs to be shifted, managing household waste is not a difficult job.  Not a dirty and smelly job.  It should be instilled in oneself that managing waste will be more beneficial.  Not only for the sake of protecting the environment, but also providing added value.

 “If the majority of people can process only two types of waste, that is already a champion.  In fact, to this day it is still not possible to separate them into two.  So the key word is the behavior of the family itself, the waste is only separated into two types first, after the last one year, it can only be taught to people around,” he added.

He added that organic waste does not actually need to be moved or transported by public garbage trucks.  The view that after being sorted, waste will be transported and re-mixed is a false and fatal thought.  All organic waste should be managed and converted into compost.  Of course, it would be even better if the community managed to manage their yard, for example, to maintain household food security.  The compost from the bioconversion of household waste can be applied as a planting medium.

Every household is obliged to sort out household waste, so he suggested changing the name of the trash bin to composting tub. “By giving a good name, people will be more motivated to manage waste and take care of the garbage bin.  Because the image of the trash can is always associated with dirty, dirty, smelly and disgusting," he said.

According to him, government authorities are not just issuing rules, but also behaving in sorting waste.  Good behavior will save, not just force.  Not just toothless articles, but the implementation is real and felt by the community.  “It's about behavior, not theory about waste management.  The right behavior to manage waste is not just a discourse,” he said.  (MW/Zul) IAAS/ELS

Published Date : 02-Sep-2022

Resource Person : Prof Arief Sabdo Yuwono

Keyword : IPB University Expert, Professor of IPB University, Environment