UNAIR NEWS – Waste is a complex environmental problem. If we don’t do something, it can harm the environment and health. One of them is river water pollution.
From the amount of rubbish that pollutes Citarum River, a group of Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) students who are members of the 61st Real Community Service Team (KKN BBM) in Sulaiman Village, Margahayu Sub-District, Bandung Regency, conducted a waste bank processing.
The activity was held at two different times, on Friday, January 10 and Thursday, January 18. These activities include product manufacturing, processing and waste selection.
The activity was held in collaboration with Indonesian Education University (UPI) and Sulaiman Village. In making the product, KKN team works together with the local people.
“This program was carried out with the assistance of Sulaiman Village cadres who helped in the production of the product,” explained Mutiara Citra Dewi, one of the team members.
According to Mutiara, the activity is currently focused on non-organic waste because the accumulating garbage is a non-organic waste in Citarum River.
“From these activities, we succeeded in creating products of high economic value such as chairs from plastic bottles, bags, chairs, flower vases, tissue holders, shelves, and many more,” he said.
For branding product, an introductory video was made about various products produced, which were previously only a small scale garbage bank group.
“Previously, it was only a small group but it did not work. In here, we help to brand the product with several variations and make an introductory video about the various products, ” he explained.
The activity is very useful because the main problem from Citarum River pollution is the accumulation of garbage. Therefore, it is important to have citizens’ skills in processing waste.
Furthermore, there were hand washing and toothbrush activities and teaching program. Whereas the economic sector organized a branding program for refined waste products, and the socio-cultural sector held a PAUD batik coloring program, PKK competition, and community activities. (*)
Author: Asthesia Dhea Cantika
Editor : Binti Q. Masruroh