Shifting Waste to Gold

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THE OPERATION Of the gold waste bank is not only to increase
public interest in maintaining the cleanliness of the environment, but the
results of residents’ waste deposits can be saved in gold savings which
indirectly help financial literacy to citizens.

“Because the results of processing waste will
be converted into an use value (gold savings),” said the General Administration,
Law and Organization Muliono, SE. Ak, MM while representing the governor at the
inauguration of The Gade Clean and Gold waste bank on Wednesday (03/06/2019),
in Duyu Village.

With this facility, he also invited Duyu residents
to contribute so that Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi 
Province, would be
cleaner, more beautiful and free of garbage.

“It is hoped that the BUMNs, other
institutions will follow the pawnshop steps in an effort to fight waste,”
he added.

Turning waste into gold is a Clean-Up Pawnshop
Program that has been carried out in 16 cities in Indonesia.

The Gade Clean and Gold Palu is the 17th of the
target of 59 banks planned to be spread in other major cities in Indonesia.

According to President Director of PT Pegadaian
(Persero), Kuswiyoto, with the existence of this Waste Bank, all local
communities can enjoy the benefits of the Clean-Up Pawnshop Program, where
people can later convert household waste into gold savings.

“The community will be given knowledge on how
to sort waste properly and correctly, so that it can later be exchanged for
gold. “The process starts with the selection of garbage taken from
household waste, divided by organic or inorganic types,” Kuswiyoto said.

The garbage that can be deposited in advance is in
the form of plastic, cans, cartons and other inorganic materials.

The process is also quite easy. According to him
the garbage collected will be processed and divided into types of waste. Then
the garbage will go through the process of depositing, weighing, calculating,
and until the final stage the results of weighing into gold savings.

“People were shy to be scavengers. But with
this garbage bank, plastic waste is of economic value and provides income for
the community, “Kuswiyoto said.

In addition to sorting waste into gold, the Gade
Clean and Gold Program can create a clean and healthy environment. So that it
can improve the health and welfare of people’s lives and reduce the impact of
environmental waste.

“To support this program, Pegadaian will
provide equipment and construction of waste banks, 2 waste motorbike units,
Sharia Pegadaian wisdom funds in the form of a sound system for Al-Ikhsan
Mosque, funds for Sharia Pawnshop policies in the form of free basic needs for
shelter refugees, and bina environment in the form of 200 tree seeds, “he
explained.

Meanwhile, Deputy Mayor of Palu Sigit Purnomo Said
said that he greatly appreciated the Clean-Up Pawnshop Program. According to
him the program can increase public awareness of the environment. Not only that,
according to him, this program can also improve the economic sector of the
community, because the garbage collected can be turned into gold.

“I really appreciate this program. This
Clean-Up Pawnshop Program can make the active community more active in
protecting the environment by collecting garbage, then the garbage is converted
into gold savings, if later the savings have been collected, the community
needs in Duyu Village can be fulfilled,” Sigit said.

The Government of Palu City, said Sigit Purnomo,
promised to integrate the garbage bank with a city cleaning program, namely dig
gasa which had been rolling since 2 years ago.**

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