We Learn How to Compost from Kawis Krisant!

In 5th January 2019, Gumi team attended an event held by Kawis Krisant named “Composter Pot Painting Competition and Composting Workshop’’. Kawis Krisant is community-based Waste Management Center located in Ampenan, Lombok, Indonesia, that educates the community to practice waste management and also engage the domestic and foreign visitor.

Kawis Krisant has 6 sectors that can be visited, two of them are upcycling product center and composting center. Here, everyone can learn how to upcycle plastic waste including making eco-brick and composting!

According to Aisyah (the Community Manager of Kawis Krisant),

here in Lombok, there is a huge necessity to spread awareness of doing composting.

Composting is really easy. Everyone can do basic composting. To make a further understanding, below are the reasons why we have to go for it :

  • Economically, you can save money! No need to buy chemical fertilizers now. Moreover, if you have a lot of organic waste, you can also generate income by selling them. That’s what Kawis Krisant been doing so far.
  • Fertilizer as the result of the composting process can make your soil healthier because they have lots of nutrients. The soil is one of the natural resources that have to be maintaining its fertility.
  • Reducing the waste volume going to landfill. As waste is reduced, there will be less land occupied as landfill. Well, in Lombok this is also one of the problems faced by the government.
  • When organic waste goes to landfills, it will take more time to decompose as they are mixed with non-organic waste. Also, they tend to break down without oxygen which produces methane gas, a greenhouse gas 21 times more harmful than CO2. (source Green Action Centre)

Knowing how important it is, thus, we were very excited to learn how to compost. In this event, Kawis Krisant also donated 50 composting pot to the surrounding community, taught them how to use it, and planned a monitoring schedule to make sure the community uses them in the responsible and right way. We felt the enthusiasm coming from the community as they are also taking part in painting the composting pots. In addition, it was also a competition among them.

In the middle of the painting competition, Kawis Krisant presented the Demo on how to do the composting with the composting pot they made. The demo is described into several steps as follow:

Step 1: Collect the organic waste such as leftover food, vegetables, fruits, meats, leaves, and tissue, then put them on the composting pot. (Mbak Aisyah, the community manager recommended for not putting paper in this composting pot)

Step 2: Prepare the BIO-ACTIVATOR ingredients, this is the material that makes the organic waste composted. The ingredients are :

  • rice water (1 liter), red sugar water (1 liter), coconut water (1 liter)
  • organic waste (fruits & vegetables)
  • ragi tape or fermented cassava
  • bongol pisang or banana root that is shredded

Step 3: Mix all the ingredients and keep them minimum 1×24 hours in a closed container. Then, the bio-activator is ready to be used daily for 2 weeks usage 🙂

Step 4: Pour the activator into the pot which has contained organic waste and closed the pot lid, keeps doing the same thing every time you have organic waste, puts the waste then pours the activator. For the pot size made by Kawis Krisant, it can be used for 1 year by a huge family.

Step 5: After being kept for 2 weeks, then you can take the liquid compost from the pot (there is a pipe made for this), then combine the liquid with water, the ratio is 1:10. So 1-liter compost should be combined with 10-liter water. Then voila! It is ready to be used as fertilizer.

Step 6: The liquid also can be used as the next bio-activator, just keep it for 2 weeks in a closed container, so you don’t need to make a new bio-activator again 🙂

Step 7: Usually, the pot will be full of the uncomposted material until 1-year usage. After it is full, just throw away the materials then clean the pot. Then, do the same thing from step 1 😉

You can contact Kawis Krisant for having the composting pot, here.

We were so happy to learn how to compost that day. We hope more households and business can practice this beautiful thing. We think the segregation of waste has to be done locally either from Household & Business (Restaurants, Villas & Hotels).

As additional information, Kawis Krisant also does Takakura Composting for bigger scale composting that is suitable for hotel or restaurant. Now, GumiBamboo understand that we need to learn more, especially how to compost on a smaller scale that can be done for individual who lives in a small space 🙂 Keep up the good work Kawis Krisant and everyone!

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