Nor Hisham (second from left) and MPSJ Environment Department head Azura Mohd Don (left) looking on as a waste collection contractor brings in food waste.
ONE man’s trash can be another man’s treasure and soon you will be able to trade in food waste for money as the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) plans to expand its food waste collection programme.
Residents will be given RM1 for every 1kg of food waste traded in.
However, for now, only residents of Bandar Bukit Puchong 1, 2, and 3 can exchange their food waste for money when they take it to the community hall along Jalan BP 2/2, Bandar Bukit Puchong from 9am to 10am, Mondays to Fridays.
If other items such as straws, spoons, bones, coconut shells or food waste that is not easily crushed are found in the waste, residents will not be paid for their trash.
The food waste will be processed and converted to electricity through the Biogas Anaerobic Digestion process or made into fertiliser via the Vermicomposting process.
MPSJ Environment Management Department deputy assistant director Hafiz Shariff said 500kg of waste was needed to generate five kilowatts of electricity, which can power two houses for a day.
During MPSJ president Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan’s visit to the hall, several residents were seen exchanging their waste for money.
One of them was Nur Zeatul Hamid, a 36-year-old lecturer.
“My family have been separating waste at source except for food waste until now,” Nur Zeatul said.
Earlier this year, MPSJ distributed 129 food waste bins to residents in the area and contractors were appointed to collect food waste from each household but residents were not paid.
This is the second phase of MPSJ’s food waste collection programme.
The first was in Sri Serdang where council contractors collected food waste from households, school canteens, restaurants, and council-run food courts.
Nor Hisham hoped other councils will follow suit and help take the programme nationwide.
“This is a good way to reduce the amount of waste being sent to the landfills.
“We are paying for the food waste we collect to encourage more participation from the public,” he said, adding that the initiative was in line with MPSj’s aim to achieve “Low Carbon City” status.
Residents can also trade in used cooking oil, which can be used to make biodiesel. Currently, MPSJ powers some of its vehicles with biodiesel.
For details, call the MPSJ recycling and biomass unit at 03-8026 4363 / 7433.