Optimizing Suroboyo Bus, students provide plastic bottle containers at several stops

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FKG STUDENTS check the plastic bottle containers at one of Suroboyo Bus stops (Photo: By courtesy)
FKG STUDENTS check the plastic bottle containers at one of Suroboyo Bus stops (Photo: By courtesy)

UNAIR NEWS – Suroboyo Bus is a unique transportation. Passengers who want to ride on Suroboyo Bus do not need to have some money. With plastic bottles, one can get on and get around Surabaya with Suroboyo Bus.

However, the use of plastic bottle as a means of payment sometimes brings problem for passengers as well who want to ride Suroboyo Bus but they do not carry plastic bottles with them. In collaboration with Kampoeng Djoeang Community, some students from Faculty of Dental Medicine (FKG) Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) came up with the idea to put plastic bottle containers at several Suroboyo Bus stops.

“This idea was sparked at first because we ourselves felt rather complicated when we had to bring plastic bottles from home so we could ride the Suroboyo Bus,” said Putri Alfa Meirani Laksanati, one of FKG UNAIR students on Thursday, December 5, 2019.

Putri also said that Suroboyo Bus from the government could be used by the community and make them easier to go anywhere, especially when someone has sudden affairs to attend to.

“This plastic bottle container can be used as a trash bin. Then, when someone who wants to ride the Suroboyo Bus does not carry a plastic bottle. They can take the plastic bottles available in this container, ” she said.

Some of the plastic bottle containers are available along the route of Ten November Institute of Technology (ITS) to Surabaya State University (UNESA). “This program had some obstacles. At first, the containers were gone only after a day we put them at one of the stops, ” she said.

There were some people who did not know the function of the container deliberately placed near the bus stop. Several times, other trash such as food boxes were found there. They are cleaned and checked regularly.

“Until now, our program is still running and continued because the response from the community itself is quite good with the large number of people filling out our controlling papers, ” she concluded. (*)

Author: Fahmi Royani

Editor: Feri Fenoria Rifa’i

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