Saturday, 20 April 2019 | 11:22 WIB

Successfully Held in 12 Cities, Pegadaian Waste Bank Program Now Expands to Banyuwangi

Illustration: Waste Bank

BANYUWANGI, NNC - The Waste Bank Program initiated by PT Pegadaian (Persero) has now expanded to Banyuwangi Regency, East Java after it was successfully held in 12 cities.

The Waste Bank program aims to invite people to be smart in processing and converting trash to treasure.

The Waste Bank in Banyuwangi is a form of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Pegadaian Clean-Up, which consists of three programs namely Pro Planet (cleaning environment), Pro Profit (cleaning administration), and Pro People (cleaning the heart).

"The presence of this program has provided many benefits to the surrounding community, where the community can make waste into gold savings," said Pegadaian's Director of Marketing and Product Development Harianto Widodo, at the Inauguration of The Gade Clean & Gold Waste Bank, in Sumber Agung Village, Pesanggaran, Banyuwangi, Thursday (1/24/2019).

Harianto explained that aside from sorting waste into gold, garbage banks can create a clean and healthy environment, provide inclusion to the community, and provide knowledge about waste management.

Harianto added this waste bank could also improve the health and well-being of the community, reduce the impact of environmental waste, and increase the source of comfort.

"To process waste into gold, it starts from the selection of garbage taken from household waste based on the type of waste such as organic and inorganic, so that the garbage that has been collected can go through the process of depositing, weighing, counting and until the final stage, weighing results into gold savings," he said.

Meanwhile, he explained the Banyuwangi Regency is selected because the waste produced by the city was quite large, namely 600 tons per day from 13 sub-districts or more than half of the sub-districts in Banyuwangi.

Meanwhile, on the same occasion the Regent of Banyuwangi Abdullah Azwar Anas said that the Pegadaian Clean-Up Program launched in Sumber Agung Village, Pesanggaran, Banyuwangi would have a very positive impact on the surrounding community, not only from the economic side, but also from the environmental side.

"Hopefully with the existence of this Waste Bank, the people of Banyuwangi are increasingly aware of the meaning of cleanliness. So that it can improve the health and welfare of the community," said Anas.

Anas explained that Banyuwangi Regency had officers and waste management programs to improve environmental cleanliness. One of the efforts made by the Banyuwangi District Government is to install CCTV in a number of river flow points.

In addition, Banyuwangi has 23 green open spaces, which can be utilized as public spaces while maintaining air cleanliness.

In 2017, Banyuwangi Regency again won the Adipura Award from the Ministry of Environment and Health which was considered as an area that is able to maintain the environment and drive community participation in maintaining cleanliness. The award is the fifth time in a row for Banyuwangi Regency since 2013.