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“Buruken” The New Type of Waste Bank to Support Electricity Sustainability in Sarimukti Village, Garut
Astari Dwiranti, Deti Purwanti, Afiatry Putrika, Nadhifa Tazkia Ramadhani, Heri Mohammad Tohari

Last modified: 2020-01-03


Waste has long been known as one of the problem sources for various fields, including health and the environment. The effort of waste management is exponentially increasing. A waste bank is one of the well-known methods to facilitate waste management. This platform has been implemented in Sarimukti village, Pasirwangi, Garut. Uniquely, instead of being paid by money, the depositor in “Buruken” is paid by electricity token. This idea came from the previous program called “Desa Caang” where 500 underprivileged families were given the electricity installation. After installation, yet they still need to buy the electricity token. Thus, by running the “Buruken” they can use the electricity only by collecting the waste and deposit them to “Buruken”.  This study was conducted to get a description of the implementation of the “Buruken” waste bank and how the community is empowered by doing this program. Eighty respondents were involved in this program. The study was carried out by doing an interview and questionnaire. The results showed that 43% of the respondents’ monthly income is less than Rp. 500,000 with most of the profession as the farming Hodge. Every month, they mostly spend Rp. 26,000-50.000, even 14% spend more than Rp. 100,000 for electricity. On the other hand, they daily produce waste, both organic and inorganic wastes. Thus, depositing the waste to “Buruken” is helpful to support the independence of the underprivileged families to fulfill their need for electricity. The implementation of this waste bank could be duplicated in other areas as a model of community empowerment.

Keywords—community empowerment, electricity, Garut, Waste Bank

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