Food sellers gather waste for composting

Rozali (with white songkok), Mustapha Kamal (in white shirt) and Norly Masitah (in purple baju kurung) with the food sellers who were given organic waste collection bins.

FOOD stall operators at Kompleks Makanan Taman Tun Dr Awang in Butterworth, Penang, have embarked on organic waste collection activities.

The complex in north Seberang Prai district belonging to Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) has 28 stalls and 22 of them will have all their food waste collected for composting.

MBSP mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud said on average, the amount of organic waste produced by each stall was about 1kg per day.

“City councillor Norly Masitah Mohamed Noor has sponsored all the collection bins through her allocation,” said Rozali when he launched the organic waste collection effort recently.

Also present were Telok Air Tawar assemblyman Datuk Mustapha Kamal Ahmad, Norly Masitah along with several other councillors and MBSP Local Agenda 21 coordinator Chew Eng Seng.

“Apart from the 18-litre bins, she has also sponsored the purchase of compost bins for members of the Bagan Ajam Village Community Management Council (MPKK) to carry out composting of the organic waste collected,” added Rozali.

The number of compost bins needed will depend on the amount of waste collected.

Delivery of this organic waste will be made on a daily basis by the traders themselves.

Bagan Ajam MPKK will share guidelines on the collection methods with the food sellers.

Bagan Ajam MPKK will mix the food waste with dried leaves or sawdust to achieve the correct carbon-to-nitrogen ratio for composting.

It is expected to take about three months for the food waste compost to be usable as organic fertiliser.

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