Universitas Medan Area has just conducted Focus Group Discussion concerned on waste management with economic value on Tuesday, September 17th, 2019. UMA invited Mr. H Johan G. Muler as the guest speaker, a waste management expert from Sweden.
The Rector of UMA, in his opening speech, stated that the FGD on Waste Management is very important to support our Program in Environment Sustainability. UMA is a university that has taken part in the UI GreenMetric World University Rangking since 2017 and got the rank of 25th at National Level and 472th at International Level, He hopes that Mr. H Johan G. Muler could guide UMA through this FGD by giving explanation and sharing technologies on how to manage the waste in the campus environment of Universitas Medan Area.
Mr. H. Johan G. Muler, himself, said that he has already collaborated with some countries in Asia through the technical supervision on organic, nonorganic, plastic, and domestic waste management. He also said that he is willing to share some information about how to transfer waste such as sewage sludge, food scraps, vegetable waste, shrimp waste, sawdust, water hyacinth, palm shells into economically-valued products.
Meanwhile, Mr. Abdul Karim in his speech said that Waste Management in the campus environment of Universitas Medan Area has been sorted out into organic and non-organic waste. In managing organic waste, they pick up waste in UMA environment and MMTC Market located close to UMA to be processed in the Compost House, and he hopes that later they can process non-organic waste into seeds with non-organic waste processing machines.
Furthermore, Mr. Zulheri conveyed that UMA surely needs the guidance from Mr. Johan about waste management in UMA environment. Providing a detector machine with an alert sound to find out waste seems to be a good idea to reduce littering in UMA environment. He hopes that later there will be a Memorandum of Understanding of Collaboration between Universitas Medan Area and the party of Mr. Johan.
Last but not least, Mr. Rizkan asked for the implementation of the cooperation held last time dealing with Environment Cleaning Program. He said that the students of Law Faculty of Universitas Medan Area have already made a group for the program and ready to execute the program.