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No problem: Residents of Taman Seri Serdang trying their hand at making mud balls.
RESIDENTS of Taman Seri Serdang were taught an innovative way to keep their neighbourhood lake, Taman Tasik Seri Kembangan, smelling like roses. The answer — mud balls.
They had a fun time learning to make the mud balls from Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) personnel during an event that was part of MPSJ’s many initiatives under the Serdang biomass project.
Assistant environment control officer, Suzanna Ibrahim said mud balls made from organic materials, had been found to be effective in keeping lakes clean.
“MPSJ has been using mud balls for this purpose since the beginning of this year,” she said, adding that the water treatment method was used in countries like Japan.
She explained that the number of mud balls used depended on the results of the water samples collected after each treatment.
Made from clay, brown sugar and bokashi, mud balls are a cost-effective means of treating lakes.
The cost of making one mud ball is 10sen while the market price is around RM1.
“We had a blast during the mud ball-making session,” said Aida Mastura Mazlan, 20, who came with her colleague, Wahidah Abdul Manaf, 28.
Wahidah added that they learned a lot from the event which included talks on domestic waste management and safety and cleanliness of food premises.
“We have always known about domestic waste separation but not as detailed as this,” said Wahidah.
Another resident, Josephine Mary, 58, echoed their sentiments, adding that she planned to apply the lessons in her own home.
“I’m very concerned when it comes to waste management,” said Josephine. “You don’t come across this lesson (making mud balls) very often and I learned a lot.”
Residents were also briefed on days when selected domestic waste is collected in the area.
“This programme helps to reduce the amount of waste produced by residents to the landfills,” said MPSJ councillor, Sufari Tinnin, adding that it could only be achieved if residents inculcated the habit of domestic waste management and recycling initiatives.
“The important thing is for residents to be aware about the issue to help handle waste better,” said Sufari.
During the event, MPSJ personnel shared with residents on ways to go green, including how to recycle non-organic materials and make their own compost.
MPSJ also provided free waste and composting bins to 109 homes within Jalan 18/8 and Jalan 18/13, four restaurant operators, two food courts and four schools as an incentive for their green efforts.
According to Sufari, MPSJ was aiming to have a monthly programme where residents can come together and make mud balls, adding that MPSJ would provide the raw materials.
“It is not only a cost-effective means of treating the lake but it is also a method of helping residents get to know each other,” said Sufari.
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