HW UMS Discusses Waste Management Innovation While Sharing the Crop Seeds

Submitted by ridlo on Sat, 02/01/2020 - 11:49

Hizbul Wathan's Scout Movement  Moh. Djazman of Muhammadiyah University of Surakarta (HW UMS) held a national seminar and an exhibition of processed waste products on Wednesday (1/22/2020) at Moh. Djazman Auditorium, UMS. The National Seminar and Exhibition on Processed Waste Products was held in commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of HW - UMS.

Wahid Ilham Istanto, Chairman of the Committee, said that the seminar raised a theme 'Kebijakan dan Pengelolaan Sampah Menuju Indonesia Bebas Sampah Tahun 2025 (Waste Management and Policy Towards a Waste-Free Indonesia in 2025)'. "Beside national seminar, there was also an exhibition of 15 processed household waste products, from communities that care about rubbish around Solo Raya," he explained.

Discussing related to this theme, Ilham explained, the committee had invited several speakers who experienced in waste management. First Ir. Sinta Saptarina S, M.Sc. from the Ministry of Environment, in particular, the Director of research on the performance of the management of toxic substances and non-toxic hazardous waste DG of PSL B3. Next, the PP Muhammadiyah Environmental Council Dr. Ane Permatasari, S.IP., M.A., and the last speaker is a man who inspired many millennials. He is Dr. Gamal Albinsaid.

Attended by around 400 participants, Sinta Saptarina explained the government policy in waste management in Indonesia. According to her the 1945 Constitution has mandated, through the Waste Management Act number 18 of 2008, then updated through the National Policy and Strategy (JAKTRANAS) with the emergence of Presidential Regulation number 97 of 2017. "There the central and regional governments have a Target in handling waste, namely by way of 70 percent it is handled, 30 percent is reduced and plastic waste in the sea is 70 percent reduced. Until 2025, it is hoped that Indonesia will be free from waste, "she explained when interviewed after the event

Then Sinta Saptarina added about simple steps that can be done by each community in reducing plastic waste with 3R steps namely Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. "Efforts to reduce plastic waste, for example through central or regional government regulations, recycling steps by establishing a waste bank or the like so that waste is recycled, not all of them to a landfill (TPA) and then processed into a useful product," she said. 

Then Dr. Gamal Albinsaid invites millennials to act on social entrepreneurship by providing innovations in waste management. As he cited the health clinic which was pioneered by him, who has a waste insurance program. "A micro-insurance that uses waste as a source of financing. In East Java we develop a waste insurance clinic, the residents are only asked for garbage once a month, then they can get a card for medication treatment. Include operation and inpatient for those in need," Gamal said.

Gamal revealed the data that Indonesia produces  204 thousand tons of waste per day. "And it is our moral responsibility to optimize the steps to reduce, reuse, and recycle," he added.

In line with Gamal’s stated earlier, Ane Permatasari said that Muhammadiyah was also involved in the efforts to solve the waste problem in Indonesia. Then she reminded that humans often forget the relationship between humans and nature. "So far we have only focused on relations with God or hablumminallah, and hablumminannas or relations with humans. But forget that there is one more thing, that is the relationship with nature. The universe must be maintained and cared for."

After the seminar, the speakers and participants were spoiled with an exhibition of processed waste products. All forms of community creativity in recycling waste are the main attraction. Not ended here, the participants afterward were also given a guava seeds. The seed is labeled by a tagline 'I am your future', as an invitation to care about nature through the activity of planting trees. (Risqi / PR)