(Recycling Waste & Rubbish On Pandemic Time)
SCORP CIMSA UNIMAL
During the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia, the problem of waste was increasing. Based on data from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the waste produced in Indonesia per day reaches 67 million tons. The waste generated is dominated by organic waste, which reaches 60 percent, and plastic waste 15 percent. More than 1 million plastic bags are used every minute, and 50 percent of them are used only once and then thrown away immediately. Of this figure, only 5 percent is recycled. Also, there has been an increase in medical waste. Until December 14, from reports from various regions, the volume of COVID-19 waste was around 1,986.86 tons. Before the pandemic alone, based on the Ministry of Health's records, there were 296 tons of medical waste per day.
The problem of waste and an increase in medical waste during this pandemic is quite worrying because it will have various impacts such as floods and other environmental pollution. Medical waste also cause an impact in terms of infectious and will become a pile of plastic waste which pollutes the environment and health.
Therefore, SCORP CIMSA Unimal holds a campaign called REWRITE (RECYCLING WASTE & RUBBISH ON PANDEMIC TIME) by using a video that discusses pre-disaster management in the form of waste management to be conveyed to the public on a home visit. REWRITE aims to increase public awareness of the importance of the concept of waste management and waste recycling effectively through the REWRITE video campaign as a prevention and mitigation activity for flood disasters.
This activity was carried out on Saturdays and Sundays, 27-28 February 2021. Before giving the video, on February 27, 2021, we surveyed by answering the first questionnaire and filled in by a total of 20 families spread across several villages in Lhokseumawe city. Furthermore, on February 28, 2021, a video was delivered to 15 villagers, and after that, they were asked to answer the second questionnaire. During the activity, they seemed enthusiastic about the 3R concept.
We hope that this campaign can increase viewers' concern about waste management and apply it in everyday life to reduce the potential for flooding due to garbage accumulation.