How to Process Organic Waste to Be Useful

One effort that can be done to preserve the earth is to process good organic waste. Even though the trademark Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, or commonly called 3R, has been repeated for a long time, not all levels of society can apply it.

In order to add to the public's insight in terms of processing organic waste, a lecturer in the Biosystem Engineering study program, the Sumatra Institute of Technology (Itera) is training farmers in Negeri Sakti Village, Pesawaran, Lampung, in Bio-Mol products (local microorganisms). Bio-Mol products can be used as a starter in the production of solid or liquid organic fertilizers.

In addition, Bio-Mol can also be used to neutralize bad odors from the cowshed at the Mulia Farm complex in the village.

In this training, the community is given education about the process of making Bio-Mol, its benefits and product content.

The six Itera lecturers who were involved in this activity were Zunanik Mufidah, Raizummi Fil'aini, Budi Priyonggo, Alvin Fatikhunada, Dwi Cahyani, and Wayan Arya Utari. Itera Biosystem Engineering and Chemical Engineering students took part in the activity.

Benefits of Organic Waste

Head of PKM Zunanik Mufidah said that through this training, farmers will be able to use organic waste rubbish organic and household waste as products that have many benefits including:

  1. As soil and plant fertilizer
  2. As a starter in making drums. EM4 substitute fertilizer
  3. Manure odor remover
  4. Use as a vegetable pesticide.

Zunanik revealed, this training was also an effort to provide insight to the public about how to process organic waste into products that have good uses and can apply the zero waste principle.

"We hope that this training can be delivered in a sustainable manner and farmers and the surrounding community can process organic waste into useful products in an integrated agricultural cycle," said Zunanik's customized organization.

Simple Build

Zunanik Mufidah and Raizummi Fil'aini explained some of the ingredients used in the process of making Bio-Mol products, including vegetable or fruit residue and rice washing water.

Compositions to process organic waste is very simple to make using household appliances such as coal and cans or bottles of leftover drinks.

Residents also received training on how to use Bio-Mol as a liquid fertilizer that they can make themselves. Farmers are also supported in practicing what they have been trained in in their respective homes.

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