Medan Area University (UMA), Alfamidi, and the Briquette House carry out community service activities. This activity was carried out in Namorambe, to be precise at the Military housing complex of Ek - Kowilhan, Deli Serdang District on Saturday (3/10/2020).
This activity in the form of training is carried out in an open space. Of course, still implementing health protocols. Likewise with the limited capacity of the participants. Where participants are required to keep their distance, use masks and the committee also provides a place to wash their hands. So that activities remain safe to do until the end of the event.
Dr. Wan Suryani, as a representative of the Medan Area University lecturer and at the same time as the head of the community service also explained. "This activity is a form of our concern from the UMA campus academic community, and also Alfamidi as a private agency, and was welcomed by the Briquette House as the facilitator. We are concerned about the current situation, where waste has become one of the unsolved problems so far ”.
On this occasion, the University of Medan Area (UMA), Alfamidi, and the Briquette House is very grateful to the residents for cooperating with the committee. This means that residents are aware of the importance of protecting the environment and how waste can generate money. This activity is in an effort to improve the economy of the residents (old deli village) through processing household waste into briquettes.
Chairman of the Ek complex. Cowichan housing is also welcome. "I am happy that the lecturers from UMA, from Alfamidi and the briquette house, want to care about us in this complex. Want to share knowledge to be used by our community. So that during a pandemic like today we can continue to be productive, "said the Chairman of the Complex.
The residents who take part in this activity also vary in age. Starting from adolescents to the elderly. The resource person explained the step by step stages for waste processing. How is organic waste (leaves and twigs) separated and burned using the perfect combustion technique? Even though there are tools that have been specially spiced, as ordinary people we can still do complete burning.
After that, the smoke from combustion is distilled, so that it becomes liquid carbon which can be used for various purposes. The smoke that has become liquid also has economic value, according to the grade produced. After the waste is completely burned, the combustion products are crushed. Then do the sifting with a size of 5 mesh. So that you get fine ingredients such as flour. Then with a ratio of 1 ounce of tapioca flour and 1 liter of water, the glue dough is made. Then the charcoal flour is mixed with the glue that has been made.
Processed until smooth, so that it can be clenched into a fist. The next step is just printing it. And the briquettes are ready to be dried in the sun to dry in the open air. After that, the briquettes are ready to be packed or used. With a selling price of 10,000 / pack. And this briquette is healthy, without the smell of smoke, and does not cause black smoke when the briquette is burned/used.