Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) in Selangor is working on a pioneer project for food waste treatment using black soldier flies (BSF).
A briefing on the project, which is a collaboration with Local Government Development Ministry (KPKT) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), was held at the Menara MPAJ auditorium.
The project will begin next year.
BSF farming can reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfills as the flies can decompose food waste and produce compost that will benefit community gardens.
The briefing, attended by 58 representatives from 17 community gardens under MPAJ, aimed to introduce and expose participants to the methods and benefits of BSF farming for community gardens.
The programme is one of MPAJ’s initiatives to implement the circular economy concept through BSF food waste treatment to produce compost.
The briefing, delivered by Dr Irfana Kabir Ahmad and Dr Nurul ‘Ain Abdul Jalil from UKM’s Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment and the Faculty of Science and Technology, covered topics such as organic waste management, farming methods and the life cycle of BSF.
MPAJ also held a community plogging programme at the Laman Rekreasi Tasek Tambahan area in Ampang.
The Trash Hero programme was held in cooperation with KDEB Waste Management (KDEBWM) Sdn Bhd.
It was to encourage the community to cultivate recycling practices and proper waste management while fostering a sense of responsibility to maintain the cleanliness of their surroundings.
Fifty participants, including MPAJ staff, were involved in the programme.
Plogging was also conducted within a 2.5km radius of the recreation area.
Thanks to participants’ efforts, 16.1kg of recyclable waste and 42.9kg of non-recyclable waste were recovered.
MPAJ said the programme would be implemented periodically in other locations under its jurisdiction, targeting the participation of community members and school students.