Fruitful cost-saving initiative

Hisham (centre) taking a closer look at the Kuala Lumpur wholesale market’s dedicated vegetable waste separation area with DBKL executive director (socio-economic development) Datuk Ibrahim Yusoff (second from left) and Prabakaran (third from left).

KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has saved about RM25,000 in a span of six months since the implementation of the organic waste processing programme at the Kuala Lumpur wholesale market.

According to DBKL’s Health and Environment Department (JKAS), the money saved was from the cost of disposal and tipping fees for 40 tonnes of vegetable waste over half a year at the wholesale market in Selayang.

“This programme is one of our efforts in line with the Kuala Lumpur Low Carbon Society Blueprint 2030.

“So, any savings from this programme will be returned to the people through other projects under the blueprint.

“I have also instructed JKAS to study the viability of expanding the same programme to other markets such as the Selayang daily market and Taman Tun Dr Ismail modern market, which both generate an average of 12 tonnes of waste daily, ” said Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan.

He was speaking at a green initiative event that saw the installation of an information signboard at the Kuala Lumpur wholesale market’s dedicated vegetable waste separation area.

The event also saw a group of volunteers and students from three local universities cleaning up the dedicated vegetable waste separation area, painting a wall with a mural and kerb as well as distributing leaflets on best management practices to market wholesalers.

It was aimed at enhancing waste management efforts at the wholesale market and helping to conserve the cleanliness of the area and eventually Sungai Jinjang, in support of the River of Life Project.

Batu MP P. Prabakaran, who was at the event, hopes that the wholesale market traders and DBKL would consider channelling surplus or unsold produce to B40 communities residing in low-cost flats around Kuala Lumpur via a food bank.

The green initiative was organised by DBKL’s JKAS, in partnership with the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID), River of Life Public Outreach Programme Phase 5 (ROLPOP5), Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) and Alam Flora.

“While the Kuala Lumpur wholesale market has a systematic way of handling waste, the problem lies in the surrounding area, ” said Global Environment Centre river and waste management expert Dr K. Kalithasan, who is also ROLPOP5 coordinator.

“The lack of proper waste disposal causes the surrounding area to be dirty and directly affects the drains that channel water to Sungai Jinjang.

“The establishment of the dedicated vegetable waste separation area is a great initiative to curb waste management problem, ” he said in a statement.

The organic waste processing programme is a collaboration with Konsortium Pasar Borong Sdn Bhd and Betsol Sdn Bhd. It started in April after an agreement was signed in March.

The consortium manages the operations at the wholesale market, while Betsol is a biotech company that runs the organic waste processing programme.

Betsol uses the black soldier fly larvae as a natural waste decomposition agent to process the vegetable waste into compost and animal feed.

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