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Published 19 February, 2020

WITH increased global concern on climate change, Gamuda Land has taken the matter into its own hands. 

Its sustainable landscape initiative, Gamuda Parks Compost-on-wheels, is a composting mobile truck aimed at empowering communities with better food waste management and reduce carbon footprint by diverting their compostables from landfills.

Officiating at the launch at Menara Gamuda in Petaling Jaya were Gamuda Parks chief operating officer Khariza Abd Khalid and Gamuda Land Innovation & Technology assistant general manager Richard Raj Sebastian.

In conjunction with the launch was a talk titled “Greencycle – How to manage your waste like a pro”, which featured zero-waste living by the 2017 United Nations award recipient Claire Sancelot, and food composting by Chelsea Chee, founder of MAEKO, a local manufacturer and distributor of food waste composting machines.

There was also a shadow play performance by Tan Lay Heong, a performing artiste using reusable wastes and recycled items.

Known for its ongoing and long-time commitment towards sustainability, Gamuda Land introduced Gamuda Parks last year — a self-driven pioneering initiative that carries a mandate to deliver, implement, manage, maintain and safeguard the well-being of the living environment in all its developments.Khariza said Gamuda Land was guided by sincerity, committed to act responsibly and motivated by originality where it consciously practises the principle of being “mindful”.

“While Gamuda Parks’ core focus is on biodiversity enhancement, we feel that there is still more we can do for the environment.

“It spurs us to start looking beyond biodiversity and into other initiatives, one of it being waste management,” said Khariza, adding that Gamuda Parks had, since its inception, collaborated with a panel of experts from Forest Research Institute of Malaysia, Wetlands International Malaysia and AGV Sustainability and ESG Services.

The team had since progressively delivered its pledge for biodiversity conservation through ongoing biodiversity audits and data compilation exercises in several Gamuda Land townships, as well as the formulation and publication of Gamuda Parks Biodiversity Policy (GPBP).

The GPBP governs the conservation of biodiversity and the management of ecosystems through mindful master planning, design, development and maintenance of all Gamuda Land developments.

The policy covers the green (flora maintenance), blue (waterscapes) and brown (material management) elements, aiming to encourage robust biodiversity as the best indicator of a healthy ecosystem is the volume and range of different species found within an area.

“Waste management falls under the brown pillar of Gamuda Parks. Through our studies, it was shocking to learn that over 23,000 tonnes of waste is produced each day in Malaysia and only less than 5% is being recycled.

“If we continue with this trend, the amount is expected to rise to 30,000 tonnes per day by the year 2020. In other words, we could fill Petronas Twin Towers with rubbish in less than 5 days!” Khariza said, adding that even though the Government had taken much initiatives to fight climate change, there was an urgency to stop the source of pollution, namely domestic waste.

With its innate character of building by respecting nature and unwavering determination to reduce carbon footprint, Gamuda Parks has conducted comprehensive methodical research on waste management and several tests in its township before formally announcing its launch of Compost-on-wheels.

“Our studies are well referenced with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and Malaysia’s Roadmap towards Zero Single Use Plastics.

“We began introducing our 6R initiative — Recycle, Rot, Repurpose, Reduce, Refuse and Reuse — to our workplace and our townships.”

“Part of our sharing includes the right, efficient and clean way of 6R.”

“We also tested the effectiveness of our sharing by installing fabric recycling bins in some of our townships. Last month alone, we collected 1,000kg of fabric waste.”

“That assures our direction of tackling waste management by remedying the inherent lack of recycling facilities and building a more discerning community,” said Khariza.

With Compost-on-wheels collecting food waste and the plan to reinstill awareness towards recycling in all Gamuda Land’s townships, Gamuda Parks is now going full steam ahead to promote its 6R initiatives, truly diversifying and intensifying the waste collection for 6R.

“We are taking progressive steps to tackle the global problem, and it may take decades for us to raise civic consciousness towards the environment.”

“But it does not stop us from doing what we think is right. The lush greenery and sprawling biodiversity that we see in our older townships like Valencia, for instance, are the results of steps taken in the past, taking almost 20 years to verify the effectiveness of our town-making principles.”

“Every step taken now will affect the future. If things are done mindfully and correctly from the start, such as the prevention of waste and pollution, we would gain more in the long run,” said Khariza, adding that Malaysia spent nearly RM1.6bil per annum to collect solid waste and perform public cleansing, where savings gained from better waste management could be put to better use elsewhere.

Gamuda Parks Compost-on-wheels is now officially adopted in all Gamuda Land’s marketing events and will be moving through all Gamuda Land’s developments.

Eighty per cent of water can be extracted from the collected food waste for watering plants and the rest of it can be recycled into compost or animal feed.

For details, visit Gamuda Land’s sales galleries or go to gamudaland.com.my/gamudaparks/.

Source From TheStar



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