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Ministry has no plans for food waste decomposition project — Penguang
Posted on : 14 May 2019  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Datu Dr Penguang Manggil

SIBU: The Ministry of Local Government and Housing has no plan at the moment to roll out a pilot food waste decomposition project, Assistant Minister of Local Government Datu Dr Penguang Manggil said.

However, Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) has been carrying out garden waste composting, he added.

“DBKU has it for quite some time already at the Demak industrial area, where the composts are used by DBKU as fertiliser for their ornamental trees, among others,” he told The Borneo Post recently.

He was asked if the ministry had any similar project, following news report that a pilot food waste decomposition project was in the pipeline in Johor as it was seen as the best alternative to short-term landfills.

SWM Environment corporate affairs general manager Mohd Norlisam Mohd Nordin has said the pilot project to be launched this June entails picking up food waste from landed premises and commercial centres in Taman Sutera Pulai, Johor.

“It is also hoped that the pilot project would provide an alternative to reducing food waste delivery,” Mohd Norlisam was quoted as saying.

SWM Environment targets a collection of 50 tonnes of food waste in a month, or 1.7 tonnes daily, before sending them for decomposition to be turned into compost.

Meanwhile, Penguang, who is Marudi assemblyman, agreed that it would be good if every household does its own food composting rather than throw leftovers into the rubbish bin which eventually end up in landfills, but opined that there is still a long way to go.

“We have to change our mentality that environmentalism is our collective responsibility and that every individual must play their role in ensuring a sustainable living,” he added.

For the record, based on a 2010 survey carried out in major towns in Sarawak, the composition of waste includes food perishables (35 per cent), paper (19 per cent), soft plastic (11 per cent), hard plastic (five per cent), garden waste (five per cent), disposable diapers (five per cent), glass (three per cent) and wood (two per cent), while the rest comprise metal and construction waste.