Waste management is still a big problem in many developing countries, including Indonesia. More and more waste is produced by the community every day, but the current solution of disposing waste is still using the conventional method, namely piling up waste in the landfills (TPA). According to the Assessment and Application of Technology in 2010, the percentage of organic waste reached 65.05%. Therefore, there is a need for solutions in processing organic waste.
Maggot is the larva of the Black Soldier Fly. It is one type of fly that has benefits for humans and does not cause disease. Maggot is commonly used for animal feed purposes. Maggot contains 43.42% protein, 17.24% fat, 18.82% crude fiber, 8.70% ash and 10.79% water, so it can be used as an alternative protein for animal feed. In addition, maggots have the ability to degrade organic waste better than other insects. The result of bioconvection residues of organic waste using maggot is cassava which can be used as compost in vegetable cultivation. Maggot cultivation is the right solution to solve the problem of organic waste in the community.
From these observations, lecturers of the Industrial Chemical Engineering Technology Study Program at the Vocational School of Diponegoro University (UNDIP) held training on organic waste processing using maggot media in the Resik Sejahtera Waste Bank community, Polaman Village, Mijen District, Semarang Regency on Saturday, May 28, 2022. As a representative of the Community Service Team, M. Endy Yulianto, S.T., M.T., a lecturer at the Undip Vocational School, revealed that increasing knowledge and skills regarding organic waste processing using maggot media can reduce animal feed costs, reduce vegetable compost costs and increase the income of community members at Polaman Village.
Haryono who serves as Chair of the Resik Sejahtera Waste Bank explained that previously the residents of Polaman Village had processed inorganic waste. However, they have not been able to process organic waste, especially using BSF larvae. Therefore, this training really helps the residents of Polaman Village in processing organic waste to the maximum and can reduce the cost of animal feed. “The Community Service activities carried out by Undip lecturers and students are something that we really appreciate. We hope that this program of mentoring activities can be sustainable activities,” he said. (Elsan-TRKI)