Green-thumbed folk benefit from enzymes collected by MBPJ

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 23 Jun 2020

PETALING Jaya City Council (MBPJ) has been championing green living through various means, including its Smart PJ Waste Solution Lab in SS2.

Last year, the three-year-old lab — previously a waste chamber — produced 182,000 litres of waste enzymes.

In conjunction with the city’s 14th anniversary this year, MBPJ has channelled 110 litres of waste enzymes to its waste solution lab for the benefit of Petaling Jaya residents.

Waste collected from the food court and market in this bustling business area is converted into compost and enzymes.

MBPJ gathers 600 tonnes of waste a day and food comprising 295.8 tonnes.

The lab uses a system called anaerobic digestion. This consists of a series of biological processes in which microorganisms break down biodegradable material without the use of oxygen.

The SS2 Smart PJ Waste Solution Lab has the capacity to process two tonnes of organic waste a day.

Resident Shanti Rao, 69, said she had been composting food waste for the past four years. She took some enzymes from the lab to use in her garden.

“It takes about five months for the compost to be ready for use as fertiliser in my garden.

“I place a lot of bricks on my compost bins to prevent the smell of rotting food from escaping and this has been effective.

“I am also actively involved in plant exchange activity in my neighbourhood.

“We give away our extra plants and keep ourselves occupied nurturing new ones, ” said Shanti.

Another resident, Christine Chong, 58, said she had a small garden to grow some edible plants.

“My potted plants get fruit pulp and peel from the kitchen.

“I do some recycling and I feel this is the least I can do for the environment, ” said Chong.

Meanwhile, resident Paramasivam Muthiah, 64,grows plants such as papaya,lime and sugarcane.

“A lot of my green practices are those I learnt from my parents, ” he said.

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