Indonesia faces a massive waste management problem, with nearly 60 percent of all garbage produced being organic in nature. In addition, the archipelago is the world's second-largest food waster after Saudi Arabia, throwing away nearly 300 kilograms of food per person each year, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit..
However, a local startup has found a sustainable solution to the problem by using biotechnology to turn this garbage into valuable commodities.
Following observations and research on black soldier flies (Hermetia illucens), Biomagg founder and chief executive Aminudi, 27, discovered that their larvae can break down food waste faster and turn it into compost, while producing fewer odors. In addition, the larvae are a good source of protein for use in animal feed.
Biomagg, established in 2015, opted for the black soldier flies because they do not spread disease and have a short life cycle.
The company, based in Depok, West Java, currently has three waste management centers, with one of them located near Taman Mini Indonesia Indah in East Jakarta and another at Pamulang in South Tangerang, Banten.