Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Adds to its Efforts to Deal with Waste with a Food Composter

Published on: 31 October 2022
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The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia's top purpose-built venue, has recently invested in a food composter machine to extend its waste management efforts.

This new project aims to build a circular economy model for the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) precinct to help it become a centre for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and a place where Malaysians can meet sustainably.

Alan Pryor, the General Manager of the Centre, said:

"Investing in our own composting machine is another important step in our efforts to handle waste from events in a responsible way. Since including composting as part of our process, we have recorded a 30% decrease in the overall food waste disposed. We are also collecting more information so that we can learn more about how delegates spend their money. This enables us to plan food production more efficiently and cater to customer-based cooking, which results in reduced food waste and less food cost. One of the composter's long-term plans is to provide non-chemical-based fertilisers to the 50-acre KLCC park adjacent to the Centre.”

According to the World Resources Institute, just 8.6% of the 100 billion tonnes of resources that enter the market each year are recycled and reused. Since 1970, the amount of resources used has tripled, and if current trends continue, it will double again by 2050.

“We understand how critical it is to move from a linear economic model to a circular one. Our focus is on creating a regenerative system that helps us make better use of finite resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect the well-being of our biodiversity and boost the business of the various entities that make up the KLCC precinct,” continued Pryor.

The famous integrated KLCC precinct is a 100-acre city-within-a-city made up of the world's tallest twin towers, a world-class purpose-built venue, many 4- to 5-star hotels, a shopping mall, and a lush recreational park.

The goal of the centre is to make these business events a sustainable meeting place where organisers and delegates can meet, eat, sleep, and play responsibly and have the chance to leave long-lasting positive effects on the country and its people. This is in line with the Twelfth Malaysia Plan, which lays out the country's business priorities.

Due to the venue's commitment to sustainability, the Centre was recently asked to take part in the Malaysia Urban Forum 2022 and talk about its sustainable goals, as well as the efforts of the private sector and a wide range of other stakeholders who are working to make urban cities more sustainable.

Source: Travel Daily News

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