How one corporation manages surplus food

Compost produced from food waste is available for free to the public at Sunway Pyramid. — Filepic

THE Sunway Group introduced its #SunwayforGood Zero Food Wastage Programme in 2016.

Food from Sunway’s hotels, including Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Sunway Hotel Georgetown and Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya are redistributed to B40 communities.

In 2019, the group started composting food, to free up landfills and reduce soil, air and water pollution.

For example, Sunway Pyramid’s food and beverage tenants generated 2.4 tonnes of food waste every day.

Rather than dumping food scraps, Sunway Pyramid teamed up with Sunway Real Estate Investment Trust, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa and the Sustainable Development Department of Sunway Group to turn food waste into fertiliser.

Sunway invested in a compost machine to process up to 500 litres of food waste per day, saving 180,000 litres of food waste from ending up in landfills every year.

The compost --- used as soil fertiliser --- produced is available for free to the public at the mall’s compost collection point located at Sunway Pyramid’s B1 Blue Zone Carpark Lobby.

Food composting machines have also been installed in Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa Hotel and The Pinnacle at Sunway, which is an office tower.

The technology enables the reduction of up to 80% of food waste within 24 hours.In Menara Sunway, food waste is stored in a refuse chamber, with an average of 15 drums of food waste collected per week.

A vendor transports it to another site where the food waste is ingested by black soldier fly (BSF) larvae and earthworms, which break down the organic matter to form fertiliser.

The BSF larvae and earthworms are given as feed to poultry farms and fisheries, while the organic fertiliser is used for vegetable crops.

In November last year, Sunway Hotels and Resorts partnered with FatHopes Energy to recycle its used cooking oil into biodiesel.

More than 50% of the used cooking oil generated by the group’s six participating hotels in Klang Valley and Penang is recycled and converted into biodiesel.

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