In 2000, Sukunan farmers complained to rubbish, especially plastic. The rubbish entered their rice fields and destroyed the plants. Considering the problem had encouraged Sukunan people to seek an appropriate solution.
In 2002, a simple experiment to solve the organic waste was conducted. A simple composting method was resulted. Scavengers inYogyakartalandfill sites picked and separated plastic, paper, metal-glass and sold them. If every family separated their rubbish, they will be collecting material of value rather than just waste. Beside that, many handicrafts can be made from rubbish by Sukunan women.
In 2003, a community based waste-management system was set up. In January 2004, a Sukunan’s waste management team was established. The team and Sukunan leaders introduced the system to all people through many strategies and methods, such as demonstrations, games, competition, songs, poems, discussion, training, writing, diagrams, leaflets, appeal letters, face to face and other socially empowering approaches. The Sukunan youth has made and painted bins for separation rubbish.
Now, most Sukunan people have known that the garbage is a valuable resource. There are now opportunities to run community businesses, such as making handicrafts, producing compost, collecting and selling rubbish, establishing recycling facilities and a business training centre. Besides, Sukunan people do not need to pay the waste cost, even the village will get additional income from rubbish.
Keywords : waste, management, community based, Sukunan, income