SEBERANG Prai Municipal Council is taking the next step in reducing the amount of waste going to the Pulau Burung landfill by introducing kitchen waste composting.
The trial project begins with SM Jalan Damai in Bukit Mertajam, which is getting a machine called Economical Food Waste Composter (EFWC).
It was developed by Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI).
MPSP councillor Michael Tan donated the machine costing RM2,700 to the school recently.
“This will reduce the amount of waste generated by the school while at the same time provide fertiliser for the school’s garden,” said Tan, who read the speech of MPSP president Datuk Rozali Mohamud.
Also present were school principal Lee Cheah Kuen, UPSI composting project chief Asso Prof Dr Che Zalina Zulkifli, the school’s Parent-Teacher Association chairman Lisa Wong and MPSP Local Agenda 21 advisor Chew Eng Seng.
“The school’s food waste will be processed using the EFWC that has a motor to enhance ventilation and microorganisms to accelerate the composting process.
“This project is still in the trial level and the school has been asked to monitor and record the data needed to study the effectiveness,” Tan said.
He said UPSI would also assist in conducting workshops for the teachers and students on the preparation and use of the compost in growing vegetables and ornamental plants.
Starting next year, a special prize will be given to the school which successfully launches continued composting and achieve zero waste.
To achieve this target, schools need to require the canteen operator and the students to recycle food waste.