Little by little, gradually became a hill. Likewise, the waste that humans produce every day. The problem of advance garbage haunts the people of Kalicupak Kidul Village, Kalibagor District, Banyumas Regency. As a solution, residents began to be introduced to the biopori system, by students who carried out Real Work Lectures (KNN) in local villages.
Zallva Arsyta Hartanto, a 2018 Undip FPIK student, said that waste was in the spotlight while in Kalicupak Kidul Village. Every day humans produce waste, but the handling is not good. Before it mounts and becomes dangerous, it needs good and correct handling. One of them is using the Biopori system.
“Waste is still a problem that haunts the people of Kalicupak Kidul Village. There is a lot of organic and non-organic waste that is not used and thrown away,” said Zallva.
Zallva explained that he and his KKN lecturer, Dr. rer.nat Thomas Triadi Putranto ST M.Eng introduced the waste management program, with the Biopori system. This system is considered suitable and effective in local villages. Through Biopori, it is possible to minimize and utilize the waste so that it has a use value.
“Biopore is an alternative method used to process organic waste into fertilizer and can absorb rainwater. The benefits of this biopore include converting organic waste into compost, fertilizing plants, increasing water absorption, improving ground water quality, and reducing waterlogging that causes disease,” he said.
Biopori holes are made in the yard of the residents’ houses. The selection of the point is deliberately made close to the house so that residents can routinely dispose of existing waste. Organic waste such as vegetable residue, fruit residue, and so on into the hole.
“Biopore holes that are made close to plants can provide direct benefits because organic waste in the holes will rot and fertilize the soil so that plants also thrive,” he said.
Non-organic waste is also utilized in this program by making biopore holes from used paralon. Through this biopori program, it is hoped that in the future residents will be able to make biopore holes and use them independently.
“So now residents also get new knowledge that the organic waste that they used to throw away for free turns out to have a use value, that is, it can be used as compost. The waste problem, in fact, can be a blessing, if it is managed properly,” he said.
In addition to the Biopori Program, Zallva and Thomas Triadi Putranto also empower local youth organizations. His work program is still related to environmental cleanliness. Especially during a pandemic like this, health can be created from environmental cleanliness.
“We cooperate with Karang Taruna, to be able to order prokes, maintain cleanliness, and educate the public,” he said.
While undergoing KKN, he and the local Karang Taruna routinely sprayed disinfectant liquid at the Baitul Mu’min Mosque. At least it can prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. “Hopefully people will become more aware of maintaining cleanliness and health,” said Zallva.