From table scraps to compost

EVERY day, tonnes of food is thrown away in the administrative capital of Putrajaya, equivalent to the load of a 32-tonne truck. To reduce the amount of waste in landfills, Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) introduced a pilot project in 2009 to turn food waste into plant fertiliser.
From an environmental point of view, less food waste in landfills translates into reduced methane emission and toxic leachate that posed a danger to water reserves. For food waste to be turned into compost, it has to be cleared of inedibles such as plastic packaging and cutlery, at source. Shanks, coconut husk, cockle shell, leftover soup and curry are no nos.
To ensure the success of the programme, the corporation worked together with Alam Flora to ensure a two-bin system was put in place at communal areas and apartments throughout the administrative capital. PPj City Services Environmental Health Division assistant director Ainol Mardhiah Mohd Khalid said a total 7,000 bins were distributed.
After four years, the success of the food waste separation programme spurred Alam Flora to place a compost machine at the Precinct 16 food court refuse room.
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