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Move to reduce green waste at landfills

Composting may be carried out to reduce green waste at landfills

Composting is environment-friendly while chemical fertilizers pollute drains, lakes and rivers. Compost enriches the earth and encourages the growth of organisms.

- Saturday Metro, 24 Nov 2007

KAJANG : Green waste discards sent to landfills may be reduced with composting.

At the Kajang Municipal Council full board meeting on Monday, councilors heard how green waste collected from the wet markets could be recycled into compost to help reduce the burden being shouldered by landfills.

Last month, the council placed green waste bins at the wet markets in Kajang, Suntex, Sungai Chua, Kampung Baru Semenyih for green waste discards comprising fruits and vegetables.

Under an arrangement with Perbadanan Kemajuan Pertainian Selangor (PKPS), the green waste was to be collected for free and sent to a facility to be recycled into compost.

An officer from PKPS Agro Industries Sdn Bhd who handled the briefing said the company was started in September 2006 to recycle green waste from the Selangor Wholesale Market in Puchong.

“With composting, there is a cost-saving factor for councils. By diverting green waste away from the landfills, tipping fees and other costs may be saved.

“Also, composting is environment-friendly while chemical fertilizers pollute drains, lakes and rivers. Compost enriches the earth and encourages the growth of organisms,” he said, adding that for each tonne of green waste received for recycling, the recovery rate was 50 per cent.

Green waste from Kajang, Subang Jaya and Shah Alam will be channeled to the Petaling Zone Recycling Centre in Bukit Puchong, Subang Jaya from the third week of November. Future centres will be built in Klang ans Selayang.

Kajang Municipal Council president Datuk Hasan Nawawi Abd Rahman said the council would buy six tones of compost from PKPS at RM 500 per tonne for landscaping purposes.

On the green waste bins placed at the respective wet market, he said that more education on green waste was in order as most traders did not separate the green waste and dumped everything into the bins.

“Someone has even thrown construction waste into one of the bins. We are contemplating locking the bins after trading hours,” he said.

by Geetha Krishnan at Kajang Municipal Council full board meeting

(Source – Saturday Metro, 24 November 2007)

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