GARUT REGENCY -Deputy Governor of West Java Uu Ruzhanul Ulum paid a working visit to the 'Hade Jaya' Garbage Bank located in Sawah Bera Village, Cintaasih Village, Samarang District, Garut Regency, Sunday (22/9/19).
On this occasion, Uu motivated the garbage bank managers, who were mostly housewives and students. He said, a garbage shelter or garbage bank is a noble place because it is filled by people who care about the environment.
"I was invited to a trash bank like this is extraordinary. Only this time I held an activity like this in a very noble place, because this is a gathering place for people who care about the environment," Uu said.
Uu also appreciated the management and the community involved in the 'Hade Jaya' Garbage Bank. According to him, the garbage bank has helped the government in solving environmental problems, especially waste problems.
To that end, the Garut Regency Government (Pemkab) through the Department of the Environment will provide assistance in the form of land to the 'Hade Jaya' Trash Bank because since it was established since 2016, this waste bank uses leased land for its operational activities.
In addition, the 'Hade Jaya' Trash Bank will receive the aid of a waste sorting machine and a garbage transport motor from the Garut Regency Government.
"This (assistance) is one proof of our gratitude to the 'Hade Jaya' Trash Bank for alleviating our burden and supporting our program in the environment on the waste problem," Uu said.
Uu also asked the 'Hade Jaya' waste manager and the community to continue to help the government sustainably deal with the waste problem, especially in Garut Regency.
"Where the Regional Government of West Java Province is currently encouraging the birth of garbage banks in various places in the district / city," he said.
Meanwhile, Director of the 'Hade Jaya' Garbage Bank Hendi Munawar said, his party was motivated by the arrival of the West Java Deputy Governor to his place. For this reason, Hendi and his customers will continue to move and innovate in waste management.
"We were very motivated when the father (Deputy Governor of Uu) came here, the garbage banks involved were mothers, students of the Al Ikhlas Islamic Boarding School, and youths," Hendi said.
"So that in the future it can be more vigorous in managing waste, because garbage is now an extraordinary thing, even in this country waste is an extraordinary problem," he added.
The establishment of the garbage bank was motivated by Hendi's concern about the large number of people littering. Through the garbage bank, Hendi wants public awareness about the importance of preserving the environment to be built, so that people no longer litter.
This garbage bank holds various types of rubbish, such as box waste, plastic, iron, and others. The public can deposit their waste every day at prices according to the type of waste deposited. As iron waste is valued at Rp 2,500 per kilogram.
The rubbish that has been deposited is then collected for processing. Then the waste that has been processed at the 'Hade Jaya' Garbage Bank is sent to various industries in Jakarta and Tangerang, and even imported abroad as raw material for making household appliances.
"Our income is (on average) three tons (per month) and valued at Rp 6 thousand a kilo," Hendi explained.
Until now, the 'Hade Jaya' Garbage Bank has involved approximately 150 people. The 'Hade Jaya' Garbage Bank will build new units elsewhere.
"The garbage bank is the main waste bank. For development, we will develop into each region to form waste bank units," Hendi said.