Active teaching as a lecturer at the Polytechnic of Health Ministry of Health in Yogyakarta did not make Bambang Suwerda stuck routines. When the idea came up, he immediately tried to make it happen. Thus, was born the Garbage Bank Gemah Ripah which is now implemented in 20 villages in Bantul, Yogyakarta.
Ssa professor of public health, he wanted people around her healthy lifestyle. As soon as dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) attacked his village, Bambang fret. He then initiated the establishment of environmental health workshop. In the minds of Bambang, by establishing environmental health workshop, he can invite people to be more concerned with the cleanliness of the environment. With concern that dengue cases will automatically go down in number.
"I start from the simplest case, ie taking out the trash, such as tin cans, in place so do not hold water. Society invited me to collect and sort garbage. Initially the response was not too good because they assess the waste is unnecessary superficial affair made a serious, "Bambang said.
The response was encouraging people not to make him have to think hard. Until one day he saw a television show that tells the activity of a community bank in building waste.
"However, their concept is merely to collect and process them into more useful products," he said.
The term garbage bank makes him immediately reminded of banking activities. Although his educational background is engineering environment, Bambang tried to adopt the concept of conventional banks on bank digagasnya garbage. "At that time I kepikiran how to manage waste such as managing money in the bank. Idea was then I ask you to members of the group and they received," he said.
Once initiated quite mature, momentum of the earthquake that struck two years
Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia (1972-1978)Yogyakarta in 2008 used to launch a movement of waste banks. In the early days many people are still confused by the concept that movement of waste banks less effective. Only about a month later, the public can accept.
The participants called garbage bank customers. Each client comes with three different garbage bags. The first contains a plastic garbage bag; bags of waste paper is the second, and the third bag contains trash cans and bottles.
Once weighed, the customer will receive proof of payment of the officers described as a bank teller. Proof of it is the basis for calculating the value of the rupiah waste which is then recorded in a savings account.
After a fair amount of collected waste, garbage bank officer will contact the junk collector. Scrap collectors who provide economic value every customers' trash bags. Note the value of the rupiah was then matched with proof of payment, and then recorded.
Price rubbish from residents that varies, depending on the classification. Paperboard, for example, is priced at Rp 2,000 per kilogram and archival papers Rp 1,500 per kg. While plastic, bottles, cans and the price adjusted for size.
Each customer has a large size bag that is placed in the bank to keep their waste tube. Each sack was given the name and account number of each customer. Bags of garbage stored in a bank warehouse which is located not far from home Bambang.
Not much different from a conventional bank general, garbage bank also introduced a system of profit sharing to cut 15 per cent of the paid-up value of individual customers' trash. Meanwhile, a group of waste reduced by 30 percent. The funds were used for operating expenses garbage bank.
If a conventional bank customers can take their funds at any time, bank customers can withdraw funds only trash every three months. The goal is that the funds collected can be more so that the money can be used as working capital or purposes that are productive.
"If it was released (customers could take at any time), they can be consumptive. Funds raised new Rp 20,000-Rp 30,000, they are tempted to pick it up. By rule once in three months, they can withdraw their funds Rp 100,000 to Rp 200,000, depending on the amount of garbage saved, "said Bambang.
Not all garbage collectors customer paid to thrift. Some of them, such as plastic waste food wrappers and cork, waste processed by the bank. Plastic processed into various products, such as handbags, purses, and vests.
Garbage Bank Gemah Ripah success in Hamlet Bandegan, Bantul,
Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia (1972-1978)Yogyakarta, It inspires other areas. Now, the bank has been implemented in 20 garbage village in Bantul, involving about 1,000 families.
With the motto of "saving trash, clean living and a better tomorrow", the bank waste into waste management solution that has been piling up. As having landfills (landfill), every day of Bantul receive 350-400 tons of waste.
"The movement is supposed to be a garbage bank collective movement of waste management. Unable to each of us to move on their own," said Bambang, who was busy volunteering for the victims of the eruption of Mount Merapi. e-ti
Sources: Reuters, 3 November 2010 | Author: Eny Prihtiani