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    Waste to Gold: Turning Waste Into Gold

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    BANDUNG CITY - West Java citizen, starting next month do not throw garbage especially plastic waste. citizen can exchange waste into gold or waste to gold. This program will be launched on July 12, 2019 in Pangandaran Regency.

    Through cooperation with PT Pegadaian, the West Java Provincial Government (Pemdaprov) initiated the program. Aside from being an effort to develop environmentally friendly development or green development, waste to gold also aims to reduce plastic waste.

    "On July 12, 2019, we will start the waste to gold program. So, garbage becomes gold, "said West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil when met after holding a meeting with the leadership of the Bandung 10 Regional Office of PT Pegadaian in Pakuan Building, Bandung, Thursday (06/13/19).

    "So, all citizens (can) exchange the garbage to waste banks which will become partners and we will multiply, as much as possible (waste banks) in the years to come," continued the Governor who was familiarly called Emil.

    Later, people just sell trash to a British plastic waste processing company called Plastic Energy Limited through a waste bank. After that, the community can convert the sales results with gold via PT Pegadaian.

    Plastic Energy Limited has collaborated with the West Java Provincial Government regarding processing plastic waste. Plastic waste will later be processed into diesel fuel. The plan, waste management of this model will be applied in six cities in West Java.

    "Later the sale of the waste will be converted into gold. This gold is strong against inflation, if the savings are in the form of rupiah, earlier (for example) this year buying oranges in the next three years can be two, will follow inflation fluctuations, "he said.

    Emil hopes that with this program the people of West Java can see waste as an economic good. He stated that waste to gold was not the first to be carried out, because previously PT Pegadaian had done the same thing in several areas of West Java, such as Bekasi, Cirebon, and Bandung.

    "This already exists in several regions, so that in my tenure as a Governor I hope it can become a new culture that there is no garbage that has no value and ultimately reduce waste to landfill or even to the Citarum River," he said.

    Bandung 10 Regional Office Leader PT Pegadaian Mufriyandi explained, the initial idea of ??waste to gold was to increase public awareness about waste management, especially plastic waste.

    "So, what are we reactivating or revitalizing (garbage banks)? We help with CSR assistance. The community savings, earlier, averaged over a long period of time, little by little, a year or two. But after it was calculated, he (the resident of the garbage depositor) kept it in gold, in two years, it could be a goat (for example), "he said.

    If savings from the sale of garbage collected by the community within one year, the community can earn Rp. 1.5-2 million. With a note, people deposit trash every day or at least three times a week.

    Through the program, said Mufriyandi, he wanted to be involved in increasing public awareness in protecting the environment. "Environmental awareness everywhere has been echoed, especially we have been labeled as the number two plastic waste contributor in the world," he said.

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