At one mall, food waste is segregated for composting

When composted, food scraps become a resource instead of waste. Photo: The Star

A handful of restaurants in Setia City Mall in Selangor are taking responsibility over the food waste that they produce, with the help of the mall management. When you dine in one of these eateries, you can be assured that your leftovers, as well as the waste that comes from the preparation of your meal, will be properly handled. It will not end up rotting in a rubbish dump, releasing gases that cause global warming, but will instead, be processed and recycled into useful fertiliser.

Lots of trash is generated in malls all over the country. Mall management companies typically hire waste contractors to handle the waste – recyclables such as plastics, cardboard and metals are removed, while the rest is dumped. But the Setia City Mall (SCM) management chose to do more. Aside from weeding out the recyclables, it insists on channelling the organic portion of the waste away from landfills.

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