Bandung, October 20, 2022 – PT Wasteforchange Alam Indonesia (Waste4Change), with UNDP, and Perumda Pasar Juara Bandung, officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding of Traditional Market Waste Management Prototype project using the Black Soldier Fly (BSF) method at Pasar Gedebage. This collaboration is carried out as one of the steps to reduce the generation of market organic waste, which contributes quite a high number and is expected to help prevent organic debris from damaging the environment. Besides the signing ceremony, there was also dissemination related to the results of the previous study conducted by Waste4Change. Martin Manorek also attended the event as Head of Business Development Waste4Change, Andrys Erawan as Program Manager, Resilience and Reconstruction Unit UNDP, R. Ramdani S.T., M.Sc., M.Si. as the Head of the Regional Public Service Agency, the Technical Implementation Unit for Waste Management at the Bandung City Environment and Hygiene Service and R. Herry Hermawan S.H., M.M. as the President Director of Perumda Pasar Juara Bandung.
Data from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) states that the amount of waste in Indonesia in 2021 will reach 21.88 million tons. Based on the source, traditional markets are the third largest contributor to waste, with a percentage going 15.26%. This pile of waste is of various types, including plastic waste, cardboard, fruit and vegetable waste, fish bones, and meat which, if not appropriately managed, can pollute the environment and become residue that ends up piling up in the Final Waste Shelter or TPA.
Gedebage Market is one of the largest wholesale markets in Bandung City, with a building area of 14,536 square meters. This market, which has been active since 2010, provides various kinds of merchandise with several stalls available in 1008 merchant kiosks. Pasar Gedebage can produce up to 10 tons of waste in a day. With the large area of Pasar Gedebage and operating time of almost 24 hours, high waste generation cannot be avoided, mainly because organic food waste decomposes faster.
“The waste problem in Bandung City, especially in the Gedebage Market area, should be our joint endeavor. Through this collaboration, we can see that collaboration can alleviate existing problems, and hopefully, all parties can realize better and more sustainable waste management,” said R. Ramdani S.T., M.Sc., M.Si., as the Head of the Regional Public Service Agency, the Technical Implementation Unit of Waste Management at the Bandung City Environment and Hygiene Service
“We hope this can be a good start in creating responsible waste management in Gedebage Market and the future. It can involve more stakeholders, and further studies are available as a form of our commitment to continue to shape waste management here better in the future,” explained R. Herry Hermawan. S.H., M.M. as the President Director of Perumda Pasar Champion Bandung.
To deal with this, Waste4Change, a responsible waste management service company, together with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), invites Gedebage Market managers and traders to create practical and wise solutions in dealing with organic waste in traditional markets. One of them is through cooperation in waste management using the Black Soldier Fly (BSF) method. Aside from being a measure to reduce organic waste generation, this collaboration aims to align market activities with the Indonesian government’s focus on a circular economy through the implementation of prototype waste management solutions in traditional markets.
“The initiation of this program is part of Project RESTORE or Response Towards Covid-19 Resilience, a project that contributes to economic & environmental recovery due to the pandemic, where we see many business actors, one of which is Pasar Gedebage, are affected by the pandemic. This collaboration is expected to create responsible waste management behavior in the market so that its activities can run in line with the government’s goal to handle up to 70% of waste,” explained Andrys Erawan, Program Manager, Resilience and Reconstruction Unit UNDP.
The Indonesian government is known to have set a national waste management target in Presidential Regulation No. 97 of 2017 concerning National Waste Management Policies and Strategies (JAKSTRANAS), which is to achieve a 30% reduction in waste and achieve 70% waste management by 2025. Support the realization of the program This requires contributions from many parties, including business people and the general public, to fulfill their obligations to manage the waste they produce. Waste4Change is ready to help make this program a success, one of which is through collaboration in managing market waste more responsibly.
“We appreciate and are very grateful to all parties who support the creation of this collaboration. The market is one source of organic waste production, which is not small in number. We hope everyone can apply waste management using the BSF method in other markets throughout Indonesia, “said Martin Manorek, Head of Business Development Waste4Change.
The method of managing organic waste using BSF itself is currently being discussed. BSF is a type of fly three times the size of an ordinary fly. In addition to being used as feed for ornamental animals and livestock, it is also valuable for reducing the negative impact of organic waste. Organic waste can be used as BSF maggot feed so that it helps avoid piles of unmanaged waste. By involving BSF Farmers SMEs in the Bandung area and its surroundings, we hope everyone can reduce the waste produced by the Gedebage Market, and its management can run more responsibly.
Read the article in Indonesian here.