Garbage to Garden Updates

For these past few months, EcoKnights had successfully launched Garbage to Garden Composting Project or G2G to encourage green lifestyle among Malaysians. This green project is supported by SHELL Sustainability Development Grant, giving 360 free compost bins to committed individual, residential community areas, schools and clubs. Although the closing date for the registration had ended in November 2016, we have received a great amount of requests from the public to take part in the program and even purchase the compost bins from us.

To date, more than 350 backyard compost bins have been distributed to the participants. The distribution of bins is divided into eight batches from all around the Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Melaka. Some of the bins have been given to the residential communities from Bukit Jelutong, Kota Kemuning and Bukit Gasing. 26th March 2017 marks the final workshop for the G2G Project which include participants from the eighth batch and Bukit Gasing residential community.

Currently, we are in the process of attaining feedback from the participants. The participants are required to send us four feedback in the period of four months. The questions in the feedback form are related to the process of composting, problems that the participants have to face and others. If the participants are having problem with their composting, we are pleased to assist and provide possible guidance and solution for them.

At this moment, most of the participants have no problem with their compost bins. Based on the feedback, some of the participants have modified their compost bins according to their preference. A few of them have collected the compost juice by digging a hole and putting a basin underneath the compost bins. A few have covered the compost bins with a big plastic bag as they intent to put the bins on tile floor. Some have upcycled the compost bins by attaching a pipe at the bottom of the compost bins in order to harvest the compost juice.

It is noted that there were a few common issues faced by the participants which are rodents, maggots and cockroach have been coming uninvited to the compost bins; the compost bins were too smelly; there were plants growing inside the compost bins and some of the participants even have bees living peacefully inside their compost bins! From these colourful and interesting feedback, we were able to gain new information about backyard composting while at the same time, learn to master the art of composting from time to time. The information is both beneficial and valuable as we get to gather new tips and tricks and incorporate them for our future G2G project.

Last but not least, stay tuned and wait for our progress in the next newsletter!

Our officer Nabila is leading the composting workshop for the participants from the eighth batch from Bukit GasingOur officer Nabila is leading the composting workshop for the participants from the eighth batch from Bukit Gasing

An after discussion after the second session with some keen participants regarding the composting!An after discussion after the second session with some keen participants regarding the composting!

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