|Team member with the product. (Photo: Rizki / PR)|
Starting from his concern for plastic waste that piled up in the Final Disposal Site (TPA), five students of Forestry Department, Faculty of Agriculture Animal Husbandry (FPP) University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) initiated processing plastic waste into slabs for furniture raw materials.
They were Ainun Fadillah, Agus Firmansyah, Dany Fiqrullah Jaki, Oktavian Dwi Sumbermanto and Samsul as chairman. "Because of our concern for this (mounting waste), we are trying to process plastic waste as raw material for furniture," said Agus .and friends, when met on Friday (7/19).
Agus continued, that their processed products were very environmentally friendly and do not pollute the surrounding environment. This was seen from the way they treat the waste to be burned. It started from the process of sorting plastic waste such as bottles of mineral packaging, cracking or wrapping plastic snacks into the combustion process.
"Because when burned plastic waste is closed and the smoke is channelled into the water through a hose that is installed as the only channel to release smoke. This will not damage the environment because we distribute Carbon Dioxide into a container containing water placed next to the kiln, "Agus continued.
The plastic liquid from combustion process flowed into a box-shaped mould measuring 50 x 50 cm. Interestingly from the plate, the PKM from Dr. Ir. Nugroho Tri Waskitho, MP., IPM. produced products in the form of Dingklik, Tables, and even Cabinets with prices ranging from 85 thousand to 250 thousand rupiahs.
This project, continued the student 2015, was registered in the Entrepreneurship Student Creativity Program (PKM). "Our PKM began in 2015 or since the era of new students. Inadvertently, we are one class, so coordination is easier. Now it's just the focus of marketing, "he said.
The PKM which was initiated by the five students was in line with the program being promoted by UMM to reduce the use of plastic packaging. This campaign began by encouraging the entire UMM academic community through various creative actions. For example, it was a short video on Instagram with hashtag #dietsampahplastik. (Win)