Like almost all districts / cities in Indonesia, the City of Magelang has challenges in waste management. One factor that contributes to this problem is the low awareness and responsibility of the community in managing the waste they produce. The behavior encountered is for example, burning garbage, littering, and not sorting waste. On the other hand, the regional government also faces the challenges of limited land in providing Final Waste Management Sites (TPSA). The city of Magelang is currently still utilizing land in the Banyuurip Village area, Tegalrejo District, Magelang Regency.
The establishment of an organic village in Pinggirrejo village, Wates sub-district, North Magelang sub-district, Magelang city is considered to reduce the problem of waste by up to 25%.
Chairman of the Pinggirrejo Organic Village, Bakrun explained, the main objective of the establishment of the organic village was as one of the synergies with the waste bank program that had been running so far in the Pinggirrejo village to reduce waste problems.
Pinggirrejo organic village itself was established in 2011 and was only confirmed in 2013 by the City Government. The waste is divided into two: organic and inorganic waste. Inorganic waste will later enter the village waste bank. Whereas organic waste will be processed by organic villages as compost.
Organic villages managed by residents are also planted by various vegetable and fruit crops such as tomatoes, chili, pumpkin, figs, and guava. While the results can be enjoyed by residents and guests who visit the organic village to conduct research.
With the establishment of the organic village, it also aims to make the government’s program successful, namely Indonesia is free from waste in 2020.