NINETEEN traders at the USJ 7 food court were given new biodegradable food containers to use for dine-in service and takeaways.
The containers called the “Green Blue Packaging”, a pilot project by Sirim Bhd and the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry, are made from food safe material and printed with soy ink.
The food court traders received two types of containers – the one for takeaways has three compartments while the single compartment type is for dine-in.
This food packaging can be kept in a freezer and can withstand temperatures up to 100°C.
Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) president Noraini Roslan and Sirim senior researcher Norshidah Baharuddin handed each trader 1,500 containers each.
Noraini said the biodegradable food containers were an alternative for traders as they were more environmentally friendly and would not affect the health of customers.
“We decided to see how these food packages would be accepted and chose the USJ 7 food court as it is managed by the council,” she said.
Noraini said green initiatives at the food court were implemented in September last year when the council began a Biogas Project with the ministry and Sirim.
Through the project, organic waste generated from food premises will be processed using the “waste to wealth” concept which is to turn food waste into biogas or electricity.
The handover of the new food packaging was done on Jan 30 in line with the Sirim Audit Certification’s Eco Label Food Service Programme.
The use of the “Green Blue” containers in trading is also one of the seven criteria in the audit that will take place early February.
The criteria include cleanliness of the stall, water and energy efficiency, chemical pollution control, disposal management and environmental awareness among employees.
Norshidah said aside from MPSJ, three other local councils in the country were selected for the pilot project of using the Green Blue packaging.
She added that the price for one food container was about RM45 or more but with higher demand in the market, the price would decrease.