Jakarta—Residents of Cipete Utara, Jakarta Selatan (South Jakarta) can be proud of themselves since eight out of eleven RW (community units) in this area already have waste bank.
One of them is the Kirai Mandiri Waste Bank which is one of the CSR program initiated by PT Danayasa Arthatama Ltd (SCBD) in collaboration with Artha Graha.
The head of Kirai Mandiri Waste Bank, Eti Sulistiani, said that the waste bank is aimed to create green and clean environment with better waste management system.
“Sorting unwanted garbage to collect recyclable products gives advantage for residents and becomes the motivation for residents to be more independent on garbage management” said Eti, in Jakarta, Friday (21/4).
She added that currently, Kirai Mandiri Waste Bank can collect around 1,180 kg of recyclable items a month. “Collected from 200 active members who are residents in RW 01 and the number keeps growing”.
Explaining further, Eti said that they still need to increase the amount of recyclable waste collected from households because it brings profits and advantages.
&Ideally, every household can solve their garbage problem by sorting the organic and non-organic waste from the very beginning. Especially for non-organic items that have economic value, and organic waste that can be processed to be compost.
Meanwhile, the headman of Cipete Utara, M Yohan, said that the Kirai Mandiri Waste Bank brings many advantages in several aspects to the community.
Waste Bank can change people’s perspective and behavior. It also develops awareness and mutual cooperation, create generation that cares about waste management and cares about economical profit gained from waste management” he explained.
According to Yohan, the cost for waste management can be lower if government can help improve the management of waste banks.
The important thing are socializations, trainings, and motivations as the efforts to change people’s mindset on waste and inspire people to manage their garbage as well as to make profit for their communities in the same time”, he added.