Melaka folks, don’t be alarmed when you start seeing composting machines at your wet markets, eateries, food premises and hotels.
This is the state government’s initiative to reduce the amount of organic waste sent to the landfill in Sungai Udang.
However, this move will reportedly
be executed in stages over an extended period of time.
State Housing, Local Government and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Ismail Othman told New Straits Times
that processing organic waste could significantly reduce its harmful effects to the environment and get rid of bad odour emanated from organic waste.
“It is high time we process organic waste produced by restaurants, wet markets, food premises, hotels and residential areas here, so that the waste can be turned into something useful such as fertiliser,” he said.
The function of composting machines will be carried out by the local authorities, beginning with the Hang Tuah Jaya Municipal Council (MPHTJ).
This initiative follows the waste-segregation programme introduced by the state government two years ago.
Similar programmes have also been carried out in Sabah and several hotels and food premises in the state here have also done the same with smaller machines.
Let's hope KL-ites will soon be able to do so here as well!