UNAIR Banyuwangi students initiate GESAH to deal with garbage problems in Kluncing Village

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One of UNAIR Banyuwangi student activities. (Photo: By courtesy)

UNAIR NEWS – Off Main Campus Program (PSDKU) Universitas Airlangga in Banyuwangi, initiated a program to overcome health problems in the community during Field Work Practice (PKL) in Kluncing Village, Licin Sub-district, Banyuwangi. In the PKL activity carried out for approximately 35 days, students create several programs to address the existing public health problems.

One of the programs is GESAH (Free Waste Movement). The GESAH (Free Waste Movement) program is one of the inorganic waste treatment programs which converted the waste into savings for the community. This GESAH program was conducted in collaboration with Banyuwangi Garbage Bank (BSB) for the transportation of inorganic waste. In this program, UNAIR students established a waste management organization consisting of 38 people in 6 processing posts in the Kluncing village, one for each hamlet in Kluncing village.

To UNAIR NEWS, Siti Nur Hasanah, one of the cadres in Krajan Hamlet in Kluncing Village explained that the garbage problem is a very urgent problem in Kluncing village. In fact, until now the community is always burning rubbish generated from households.

“Rubbish from households is always burned, usually every house makes an excavation pit for burning rubbish, rubbish that is burned is mixed, organic and inorganic,” explained Nurhasana.

She also said, another obstacle faced by the community when processing rubbish is the unavailability of landfills (TPS) in the village. So that people have difficulty in processing waste.

“Besides, an organization for processing waste has not yet been formed yet,” he said.

Furthermore, Hasanah also conveyed that GESAH program was appropriate to solve the garbage problem in Kluncing village. The reason, continued Hasanah, TPS is no longer a problem in waste processing. Through GESAH Program, she said, the established management structure could work together with the BSB in terms of transporting waste from Kluncing village.

“In the future, the garbage processing in Kluncing village can run well and the organization formed by PKL students can be a forum for the community to deposit their waste to the Banyuwangi Garbage Bank, so the waste problem can be resolved,” she concluded.

Author: Desi Natalia

Editor: Nuri Hermawan 

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