In support to the Subang Zero Waste Program, PT DAHANA (Persero) supplied cash donation to the Education Center for Recycling and Processing (PDU) for Maggot BSF Bio-Organic Waste, in Cibogo Wera neighborhood, Dangdeur village, Subang. The donation was handed over directly by the Head of DAHANA's Social & Environmental Responsibility (TJSL) Eman Suherman, on Thursday, September 16, 2021.
Maggots are known to be able to decompose organic waste, such as leftover food in stalls or restaurants, expired food, organic waste from markets, and from other places. Not only do they decompose waste, mature maggots can also be used as animal feed that in turn can reduce the cost of animal feed, or resold it to increase profits.
Maggots origins from the black soldier flies (BSF) found in nature. BSF mate and lay eggs which will hatch after 21 days. The hatched eggs will become maggot and eat organic waste. Larger maggots that have the potential to become brood-stock will be separated and go fasting when they enter the pupa phase. From the pupa they will then transform back into the Black Soldier Fly (BSF).
The donation from DAHANA was warmly welcomed by the Head of the Cibogo Beringas KB Village Working Group, Teddy Koswara. Teddy has pioneered the use of maggots in dealing with waste problems in Cibogo, especially in terms household waste.
"Thanks to DAHANA for being involved in the effort to recycle waste using maggots," said Teddy.
In addition to breaking down household waste before they waste goes to the Final Disposal Station (TPA), maggots will also be used as animal feed for residents in Cibogo, and sold and traded which gives economical benefits for the residents themselves.
Teddy also said that so far garbage has only been a negative residue with bad impact on the environment and residents' health, but now it can be utilized and processed to be a new source of income for residents.
Currently, the Cibogo Maggot Cultivation has been confirmed as a trusted center by the Subang Regency Family Planning, Population Control, Women Empowerment and Child Protection Agency (DPPKBP3A), as a training center for household waste management. So that more people will be involved in reducing waste, and have additional income.