KUALA Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) Eco Bazaar Campaign 2019 at the Jalan Telawi Ramadan Bazaar encourages traders to curb food waste pollution in order to ensure a better environment.
The 93 traders were asked to dispose of their used cooking oil correctly by collecting the oil in 25litre containers and selling it to Alam Flora at RM1.10 per kilogramme.
The campaign was co-organised by the fifth phase of the River of Life Public Outreach Programme (RoLPOP5) and run by non-governmental organisation Global Environment Centre (GEC), which was appointed by Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID), to build awareness and change the attitude of people.
It is done with the aim of reducing pollution and improving water quality of Sungai Klang.
Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil said the campaign was to encourage shared responsibility between the Government and the people.
“It is in line with the Kuala Lumpur sanitation blueprint as well as Kuala Lumpur Low Carbon Society Blueprint 2030, which targets reduction of carbon intensity by 70%.
“Apart from recycling used cooking oil, we are also pushing for reducing plastic usage and food wastage while increasing use of reusable containers or biodegradable alternatives.
“It is my hope that DBKL expands the campaign to other locations, so all hawkers and traders can work together to ensure a clean and beautiful city including the rivers,” he said.
GEC river care programme coordinator Dr K. Kalithasan said a total of 50kg of used cooking oil was collected in the campaign week.
“The general response from the traders is good. The operators realise the importance of our initiative and how they can support RoL projects by reducing the possibility of pollution.
“The proper disposal of cooking oil is very important in river care because most of the time, the oil somehow ends up in our water body,” he said, adding that the used cooking oil would be recycled to produce biodiesel.
Also present was DBKL executive director (Socio-Economic Development) Datuk Ibrahim Yusoff, DBKL Health and Environment Department director Dr Noor Akma Shabudin and Drainage and Irrigation Department River Basin Management Division director Md Khairi Selamat.