Council survey shows bulk of waste comes from kitchen

SEBERANG Prai City Council (MBSP) together with the Penang Green Council conducted a study at Taman Bagan Lalang, Butterworth, and Kampung Permatang Nibong near Bukit Mertajam to determine the component of combustion products produced by households.

Data from the study, under the SEA Circular programme, was used by MBSP to plan its circular economy.

MBSP mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud said the data showed that kitchen waste was the highest component of waste in Kampung Permatang Nibong with 44.04%, while in Taman Bagan Lalang, it was 53.78%.

“The second was plastic with 11.67% in Permatang Nibong and Taman Bagan Lalang (10.05%).

“The third was metal where it was 3.05% in Permatang Nibong and Taman Bagan Lalang (1.62%), while the fourth was e-waste in Permatang Nibong (2.88%) and in Taman Bagan Lalang (1.61%), ” he said.

Rozali said this after attending the prize giving ceremony for the cleanest and most beautiful housing compound and declaration of Permatang Nibong as ‘Kampung Circular Economy’ at Dewan Orang Ramai at Permatang Nibong in Permatang Pauh recently.

Also present were Puspanita MBSP chairman Datin Che Limah Ujang, MBSP councillor Tan Choo Eng and Local Agenda 21 (LA21) coordinator Chew Eng Seng.

“The circular economy that exists in Permatang Nibong saw the collection of used plastic bottles, which were shredded and sold at 60sen per kilo compared to selling the bottles at only 20sen per kilo, ” said Rozali.

He said this year, MBSP aimed to introduce the circular economy at 19 locations in Seberang Prai for the community.

Rozali said the council would cover industrial, commercial as well as residential housing in the context of circular economy.

A circular economy is an economic system aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources.

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