Waste management company sets up community garden in KL

Mohd Zahir (left) watering the plants with the residents, Alam Flora Sdn Bhd and SWCorp representatives during the launch of the community garden in Kepong.

THE Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) has chosen Taman Petaling, Kepong in Kuala Lumpur to set up a community farm under its “Taman Inspirasiku” programme.

This is part of SWCorp’s efforts to promote urban well-being among city folk and to encourage recycling through its “Trash to Cash” campaign under the same programme.

SWCorp Federal Territories director Mohd Zahir Shari hoped the programmes would promote stronger community ties and that people learn the importance of recycling.

“We have engaged with Taman Petaling residents to build a community farm.

“This farm will represent Kuala Lumpur, the same as in other states where SWCorp will also select a neighbourhood to start a community garden to compete, in the best community farm in the “Taman Inspirasiku” competition, ” he said at the launch of the farm along Jalan 30/39 in Taman Petaling.

Mohd Zahir said both programmes were aimed at giving back to the community.

“The residents here have done a good job in segregating their waste and through the ‘Trash to Cash’ programme, they can sell the recyclables and earn an income, ” he said and encouraged residents to engage with their vendors to pick up the recyclables weekly or fortnightly.

“The same goes for the community farm where the produce can be distributed among its residents.

“The cost of building this community farm was minimal as we used recycled sand and bricks, ” he added.

Mohd Zahir said they also made compost using food waste from the Kepong Baru morning market as fertiliser for the vegetables.

The farm, measuring 1,600sq ft, is built with permission on reserve land belonging to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and Drainage and Irrigation Department.

The Taman Petaling Residents Association (TPRA) is tasked with managing the farm.

Currently, brinjal, ladies fingers, chilli and Malabar spinach are grown at the farm.

TPRA chairman Vigineswaran Vicky said the land where the community farm was located used to be a dumpsite.

“We cleaned up the area, and the residents spend time there now, ” he said.

Also present at the launch were Alam Flora Sdn Bhd Kepong operations executive Mat Mawi Ibrahim.

Residents can send their recyclable items to the Taman Petaling RA hall in Jalan 28/39.

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