The Art of Composting
Composting is the process of decomposition or decomposition of organic matter such as food waste and residual home compound that is decomposed into humus, similar soil material. Composting is a natural way to recycle organic waste into new soil that can be used for flowering or vegetable cultivation, landscaping and more. It is common to know that more than 50% of wastes thrown to the landfill are from organic waste and this is becoming more serious from year to year where the population in Malaysia is growing. Composting of organic solid waste such as food waste is one of the ways or methods of reducing organic waste to landfill. Most of the backyard waste such as leaves, grass, tree trunks, branches, branches and even weeds can be used. Other organic waste that can be used is food waste like fruit skins, vegetables, coffee powder, broken bread and egg shells. Composting through the aerobic process, involves biological decomposition with the use of microbes in the presence of oxygen.
To drive towards the implementation of this organic waste composting method, in 18 April 2017, School of Environmental Engineering (PPKAS) under the Solid Waste and Geophysical Cluster was conduct a special workshop to provide exposure and knowledge sharing on development Organic fertilizer in Malaysia. This workshop was focus on theoretical and practical aspects to produce organic fertilizer (compost) using food waste. The target of the number of participants was 60 people comprising of UniMAP staffs, organic fertilizer users, school teachers, researcher and students.
Dr Irnis Azura Zakarya