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15 Mar 2022

Community Service Event by Pouring Eco-Enzyme into Rivers - Lecturers and Students Collaboration

The Green Sutha ambassador together with the the Conservation and Biological Resources Study Center, and the the Environmental Study Center carried out community service activities in the "Sungai Batanghari Bersih" event by pouring Eco-Enzyme into the river. This activity is a collaboration of various environmental conservation community, including Green Sutha represented by the Green Sutha ambassador, the Conservation and Biological Resources Study Center, the Environmental Study Center from UIN Sulthan Thaha Saifuddin Jambi, Eco-Enzyme Nusantara Jambi, FIM (Forum Indonesia Muda), and many others. The opening of the Sungai Batanghari Bersih was carried out on March 8 and closed on March 11 of 2022 directly by the Head of the Department of Environment and Forestry of Jambi province (DLHK) which was located in front of the governor's official residence. This series of closing activities was carried out with the action of pouring Eco-Enzyme into the river together by the environmental conservation communities and attended by the Head of Department of Environment and Forestry of Jambi Province.

This community service activity is a collaboration between lecturers, specifically Bayu Kurniawan, S.Si., M.Sc as the head of the Conservation and Biological Resources Study Center, Aini Qomariah Manurung, S.Si., M.Si as the Secretary, and Syukria Ningsih, S.Si. ., M.Si as the head of Environmental Study Center, and students of  UIN Sulthan Thaha Saifuddin Jambi (Ambassadors of Green Sutha), together with the environmental conservation communities. This activity is expected to provide a little education to societies who tend to see organic waste as something that cannot be reused. This program is a symbol of environmental preservation act, and can be started from simple things like sorting organic and inorganic waste. Waste that has been sorted out such as organic waste can be reused into environmentally friendly products.

Without any sorting, waste/garbage can hinder the management of the waste itself. In Indonesia, the problem of waste management is quite complex. This is based on public awareness and the increase in the volume of waste from time to time which continues to increase and is directly proportional to the increase in population. Garbage/waste that is not managed properly will eventually become a source of disease. Through the 3R (Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle) method, lecturers and students of UIN Sulthan Thaha Saifuddin Jambi reuse organic waste such as fruit peels and fruits that are not consumed, as well as left over vegetables from household waste which are then processed into highly valuable products in the form of magic liquid, that is Eco-Enzyme.

According to research published by the International Journal of Innovative Science and Research Technology (2019), domestic wastewater generally contains fat, other organic matter, suspended solids, and microorganisms. Eco-enzymes are protein molecules that can increase the rate of chemical reactions acting as biocatalysts. Eco-enzyme is an alternative in the utilization of sorted organic waste which has many benefits including as a detergent, disinfectant, water purifier, liquid fertilizer, removing mold and stains in toilets and kitchens, and insecticides.

Hopefully this community service program can increase our awareness of the concern for the environment where we live. The various benefits of eco-enzymes can obviously be applied anywhere and anytime because eco-enzymes are environmentally friendly liquids and are relatively easy and inexpensive to manufacture.