Waste Management during the Pandemic Period
BANDUNG, Telkom University – UI GreenMetric organized a webinar series titled Sustainable Campus Waste Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This event has entered the 3rd week and has been held 2 times. This program can be watched live on the GreenMetric UI Youtube Channel.
The Chief of UI GreenMetric Prof. Riri Fitri Sari said that the purpose of this activity was to share experiences from various institutions, especially universities in Indonesia, regarding various policies on sustainable campuses regarding the COVID-19 epidemic.
“Responding to the WHO Permanent Procedure on handling waste in this pandemic situation, universities are assigned as a role model on how to handle environmental waste better so that when this pandemic is finished our environment will be much better.” He said.
On the 3rd implementation, some universities are invited to explain their campus policies in response to waste management during this pandemic.
Telkom University as a university with ??a 50 Ha area covering green open space above 50% with good waste management participated in this activity. Currently, Tel-U also ranks 9th UI GreenMetric.
Telkom University Rector Prof. Adiwijaya as one of the speakers in this activity explained how Telkom University manages the waste that either recycled or toxic waste.
“Through Reduce, Reuse, and Recycling program, Tel-U established compost processing equipment, Green House, Trash Management System, and Hydroponic. For non-recycle waste, we use an incinerator. The emission of the incinerator can be reduced to liquid waste as fertilizer. ” He said.
Prof. Adiwijaya added that to overcome plastic waste on campus, some Tel-U students are creating a waste bank program that involves the surrounding community not only academicians.
“Besides the waste bank, our students also created an eco-brick program. The plastic waste will be compacted and processed into furniture whether it is a chair or a table.” He explained.
In its implementation, 50% of the green open space in Tel-U is also generated from the waste process plant through the Urban Farming program.
“In this program, we process the leftovers from the canteen into plant or vegetable seeds in a greenhouse. The seeds will be planted in the Tel-U environment and the organic vegetables can also be enjoyed by students for free in the canteen.” said Prof. Adiwijaya.