THE Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) has begun turning food waste into compost. This is done through two food waste composting machines at the market in Section 6, Shah Alam.
The machines, which were installed on Oct 17 and cost RM210,000 each, have produced 1,500kg of compost to date.
MBSA mayor Datuk Ahmad Zaharin said the council-owned market was chosen for the pilot project as it produces about three tonnes of food waste a day.
Ahmad Zaharin said turning food waste into compost can help reduce the amount of waste dumped in landfills and reduce environmental pollution resulting from the overflow of rubbish and leachate.
“A comprehensive solid waste management is important for residents especially with the rapid increase in population and changes in people’s way of life.
“If solid waste is not managed in a sustainable manner, there will be serious health and environmental repercussions,” he said.
The council can save as much as RM1,936 a month in disposal costs, as the waste did not need to be transported and dumped into landfills.
The green-tech machine by Syarikat Mentari Alam Eko Sdn Bhd turns food into compost in just 12 hours.
It can process about 250kg of waste consisting of vegetables, fish and fruits each day.
The council plans to use the compost produced in its community gardens and projects by the landscape department.