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Penang food wastage worries NGO; State gov’t’s composting scheme

SEREMBAN 12 JUNE 2016. [NS652Z] Pembaziran sisa makanan ketika berbuka puasa. STR/WAN NUR AMIRAH WAN MOHAMED REDZA.

THE Penang government is intensifying its food composting initiatives and food awareness campaigns to reduce food wastage.

State Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the state government had installed bio-regen food waste machines in several locations to convert such waste into bio-liquid soil enhancers.

Phee said to encourage food waste composting, the state government had implemented a waste segregation policy.

“There are many places that do not implement the policy, but we will look into ways to encourage waste separation, including imposing legal sanctions on offenders.”

He said there were more than 20 food wastage awareness campaigns carried out by the state government last year.

“We had awareness programmes, games, competitions, exhibitions, talks and discussions last year, which have improved public awareness of the problem.”

Meanwhile, the sight of an unfinished plate of food irks S.M. Mohamed Idris.

Idris, president of the Consumers Association of Penang, said many people did not see that as a problem or understand the effect it brought.

His concern was not baseless as the amount of food going to waste continues to rise, indicating the public’s lack of awareness.

Four years ago, the association ran a survey and found about 350,000kg of food were wasted in the state daily.

The figure has doubled to an estimated 700,000kg daily.

He said the increase in numbers showed that people were unconcerned about food wastage.

 

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