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Cibubur Square Rest Area Will Be the First Rest Area in the World with Bio-Conversion Organic Facilities

By 13 May 2022August 10th, 2023Group News4 min read

A joint photo of the MoU signing ceremony for the development of organic waste processing with Bio-Conversion BSF (Black Soldier Fly) technique at Cibubur Square Rest Area, Jakarta

JAKARTA, May 13, 2022 – Based on the report Barilla Center Food and Nutrition, Indonesia ranks eighth among the G20 countries that produce the most waste. Indonesians produce 121 kg of food waste per person per year. Food waste from Indonesia is dominated by household waste of 77 kg per person in a year.

The problem of waste is increasingly complex as the population increases. This certainly requires new innovations and creative ways to overcome the serious problem.

Korindo Group collaborated with Forest For Life Indonesia (FFLI) in building organic waste processing plant using Bio-Conversion BSF technique (Black Soldier Flies) located in Rest Area Cibubur Square, Jakarta.

To fully support the incubation of the Bio-Conversion Organic Waste Processing project, Korindo provided grant to FFLI to implement the waste processing project. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two parties was carried out on Monday (13/6).

“All the necessities for the program have been prepared, both in terms of location to the availability of organic waste to be processed and decomposed. Later, the location will be the first Rest Area in the world that has Organic Bio-Conversion,” said Korindo Foundation’s General Secretary Seo Jeongsik, in his speech at the MoU signing ceremony.

Through the concept of circular economy or based on the principle of reducing waste and maximizing existing resources, Organic Bio-Conversion uses Black Soldier Flies that have the potential to create new economic prospects, by converting organic waste into fertilizer and protein.

“We are committed to the grant received from Korindo to further help us in advancing the community. In addition, this will also convince them that Organic Bio-Conversion is the cheapest way that can be done to overcome the problem of waste,” said Hadi Pasaribu, Chairman of FFLI.

The Organic Bio-Conversion project using Black Soldier Flies located in Cibubur Square Rest Area is the second project run by Korindo Foundation together with FFLI. Earlier in 2018, Korindo Group and FFLI have also built a similar organic waste management in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.

Until now, both FFLI and Korindo Group are still monitoring the development of the Organic Bio-Conversion project in Lombok. So it is no wonder that this project is one of the prototype of waste handling on the “Island of A Thousand Mosques”.

“What we are developing today has become prototype for the development of waste handling in Lombok. In fact, the NTB government has specifically established an organizational structure in the form of UPTD (Department of Technical Implementation Unit) for waste processing,” said Hadi.

For information, Organic Bio-Conversion process using Black Soldier Flies is relatively safe for the environment. Of the approximately 800 species on earth, Black Soldier Flies are the most distinct, as it is neither pathogenic nor carries any disease agent.

The life cycle of this type of fly is only 40-45 days in total, from the egg to the adult fly. A female fly usually produces 500-900 eggs. For 1 gram of eggs, it will be able to produce 3-4 kg of maggots or larvae. It is in this phase that the larvae break down organic waste.

After the optimal larvae decompose organic waste, the larvae can be used for animal feed, such as fish or chicken. The larvae of Black Soldier Flies are rich in amino acids and proteins by 40%.

Photo of Korindo Foundation General Secretary, Seo Jeongsik (left) and FFLI Chairman Hadi Pasaribu (right) while signing the MoU for the development of organic waste processing with BSF Bio-Conversion technique.