The UGM LPDP recipients organized a community service program at the Piyungan landfill, discussing waste management with the Mardiko community.
The discussion was conducted as an effort for effective waste management for the local community, hoping to positively impact organic waste reduction, energy efficiency, and the economy.
The event was attended by members of the Mardiko community, a group of waste pickers at the Piyungan landfill, and representatives from MPM PP Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, who accompanied the community.
The discussion brought together two speakers who are experts in integrated waste management through maggot farming and leachate treatment. They were Cahya Hernawan from the Sinduadi Integrated Waste Management Center and Rania Naura Anindhita, a UGM Faculty of Biology student who advocated eco-leachate management.
Cahya Hernawan explained that the term “integrated” is based on the efforts to manage waste to produce new products, such as using maggot farming for catfish feed. The integrated waste management at the Sinduadi Integrated Waste Management Center utilizes technology to assist in the waste sorting process.
He explained that the organic waste processing using a Pujobae machine can produce a waste slurry that can be utilized as maggot feed. The maggot product can reach up to 120 kg daily and be used as a feed source for poultry and fish.
“On the other hand, Kasgot, the residual larva, can be used as liquid fertilizer, producing 30 kg for every square meter of land used. Inorganic waste is sorted and pressed to facilitate the selling process, even producing sought-after products like pots,” Hernawan said on Sunday (November 19).
Rania Naura Anindhita mentioned that the increasing amount of waste poses a significant burden on landfills that are starting to run out of space. Unfortunately, these wastes are not sorted before reaching the final disposal site. The mixed waste piles produce odors that disrupt activities and affect the community.
“It seems to require the right waste management technology to help reduce the impact and turn waste into a new source of income. Eco-leachate becomes a solution for waste problems by transforming it into a liquid that eliminates waste odors and works efficiently,” said Anindhita.
The community showed great enthusiasm during the sharing discussion and the demonstration of eco-leachate processing. This was evident in the talks and their eagerness to take home the results of the eco-leachate demonstration to implement in their own homes.
The activity concluded with maggot farming equipment assistance to the Mardiko community, represented by its head, Maryono. This equipment, including trays, bio pond installation racks, and shade nets, is expected to assist in maggot farming.
This activity also offered moral support for the development of the community as a means of community empowerment. As stated by Dewi Fatimatuzzaroh, the committee head, this discussion served as a platform for academics, practitioners, and the community to collaborate on waste management in Piyungan.
“Hopefully, this is beneficial and impacts the community to improve the residents’ economy and the surrounding area’s environmental sustainability. It may not have an immediate widespread impact. Still, these small things can positively affect the community,” she added.
Author: Agung Nugroho