Garbage to Garden Composting Project to Inspire Shell Employees

16th January 2017, Kuala Lumpur -- The ‘Garbage to Garden’ Composting program was recently held at Menara Shell to benefit 21 Shell Malaysia employees who have signed up for the workshop.

The 2 hour workshop was presented by Mr Syamim and assisted by Mr. Moo Deqing and Ms. Malathi. The workshop, supported by the Shell Sustainable Development Grant aims to:

  1. Inform the public the benefits of composting to the environment,
  2. Explain how composting can indirectly reduce living costs,
  3. Educate and encourage the public to share the importance of composting with their families and friends, and
  4. Teach the public how to get started with composting.

Picture above: Mr Syamim giving his presentation on backyard compostingPicture above: Mr Syamim giving his presentation on backyard composting

The workshop started with a theoretical presentation of the mechanics of composting followed by interactive discussions with the participants. In general, the audience were very interested to learn about reducing their disposal of food waste at home.

In this workshop, a specific method of composting was taught – the backyard composting method. For beginners, this method has been proven to be easy and effortless.

After the delivery of the basics of backyard composting by the EcoKnights team, a demonstration was conducted for the audience. The participants were provided with materials to do smaller versions of composting.  Grass, fruit peels, dried leaves and shredded used paper were used to do the demonstration.  This practical approach helped the participants understand more about composting and familiarise themselves with the composting process.  They followed the instructions given to make certain that the amount and ratio of materials used were right.

Picture above: Mr. Syamim talking to the participants about compostingPicture above: Mr. Syamim talking to the participants about composting

A plastic cup and a piece of cardboard were used to illustrate the compost bin. The participants enjoyed themselves in this simulation of creating their own composting project. 

Picture above: Mr. Moo Deqing giving out the materials to the participantsPicture above: Mr. Moo Deqing giving out the materials to the participants

 

Picture above: Ms. Malathi answering questions asked by participantsPicture above: Ms. Malathi answering questions asked by participants

Feedback forms and registration forms to join the project were distributed to the participants to get their opinions towards the workshop. Nineteen feedback forms were completed.  The first question in the feedback form was ‘Is this your first time joining a composting workshop?’  Eighteen participants (95%) answered yes while 1 participant (5%) answered no and had been practising composting for at least one year. 

Figure 1: Pie chart indicating question number one on the feedback formFigure 1: Pie chart indicating question number one on the feedback form

The second question in the feedback form required the participants to give an overall rating for the workshop in four aspects: speaker interaction, conveyance of speaker, material provided and quality of the workshop.  Participants were required to rate the workshop on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being unsatisfactory and 5 being excellent.  1 participant rated the workshop at 5 (5%), 8 participants rated the workshop at 4 (42%), and 10 participants rated the workshop at 3 (53%).

Figure 2: Pie chart showing overall rating of the workshop by participantsFigure 2: Pie chart showing overall rating of the workshop by participants

The third question required the participants to rate how well did the workshop meet their expectations or objectives on the same scale of 1 to 5.  Five participants chose the scale 5(31%), eight participants chose the scale 4(50%), and three participants chose the scale 3(19%).

Figure 3: Pie Chart showing results of the 3rd question in the feedback formFigure 3: Pie Chart showing results of the 3rd question in the feedback form

The fourth question in the feedback form was ‘Would you recommend this to your friends and family?’  Two participants answered no (11%) and 16 participants answered yes (89%).

Figure 4: Pie Chart of Question 4Figure 4: Pie Chart of Question 4

 

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