It pays to be green. This was exemplified by trader Zarina Shahidan who won two awards from the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) for using biodegradable containers at the Ramadan bazaar.
The 51-year-old catering business owner said it was her first time trading at a Ramadan bazaar. She was one of the recipients of the exemplary vendor award as identified by MPSJ and Unilever Food Solutions.
“I sold mee kari and roti jala in plastic bags on the first day but was asked to use a biodegradable container by MPSJ.
“I think the cost of using biodegradable containers and polystyrene is more or less the same.
“I will definitely continue using biodegradable containers in my catering business in future for the sake of the environment especially because I’m getting the support of customers,” she said.
Fifteen recipients were chosen by MPSJ while eight others were selected and sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions.
It was part of MPSJ’s “Say No to Polystyrene” campaign and in line with its plans of turning Subang Jaya into a green city.
The winners were awarded RM1,000 and the opportunity to choose their own spot for their stall at MPSJ’s Ramadan bazaar in 2017.
The other bonus was having the application form mailed to them instead of having to queue up for it.
The award presentation was held during MPSJ’s Hari Raya celebration.
Biodegradable plates and cups were provided by MPSJ for guests who were served popular Hari Raya delicacies such as satay, rendang, nasi impit, lempeng, soto as well as fruits such as durian, mangosteen and bananas.
MPSJ also provided food separation bins and collected recycled oil from stall owners to be turned into renewable energy at its Integrated Biomass Centre in Bandar Bukit Puchong.