The Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Medan Area, in commemoration of World Environment Day, held an event for processing waste paper and tree branches to be processed into Aromatic Briquettes on Friday, June 4, 2021 at the Medan Area University Compost House. The briquette-making activity will be broadcast on several TV stations so that people throughout Indonesia get information that waste paper and tree branches can be used and processed into aromatic briquettes.
By utilizing unused paper or cardboard or used newspapers and the ratings of fallen trees around the campus, Biology Study Program students can make aromatic briquettes that are valuable and economical. After testing or making comparisons in the laboratory by biology study study students, this aromatic briquette is different from the briquettes on the market because the aroma produced does not interfere with breathing and is flammable.
The ingredients needed to make aromatic gum and how to process it are as follows:
Used paper or newspapers, processed by soaking in water and then cutting or tearing small pieces;
Tree branches, burned in a closed container so that they become charcoal or so they don't burn to dust;
Starch flour, boiled and mixed with water to glue paper and tree branches
Cinnamon powder, mixed as a natural fragrance
While the benefits of aromatic briquettes are as follows:
Can be used as a room heater
For traders, satay can be used as fuel because it is more economical and flammable
Can reduce waste or organic waste around the place of residence and the environment
Can be used as fuel for trains if processed on a large scale and can reduce train smoke
"This aromatic briquette is useful for health as aroma therapy which is usually used in fitness places and the manufacturing cost is very economical, in one package we need 3000 for the capital and if sold in the market for 15,000, "said Mr. Abdul Karim, S.Si, M.Si as a lecturer in the manufacture of aromatic briquettes.