24 July 2018

Banking group helps TTDI community go into food composting
Media Title: The Star
Section: Metro
CIMB Foundation has taken the sustainability concept a few notches higher by supporting its employees' green initiative through the Zero Waste & Urban Farm Community project, aimed at recycling organic food waste into usable compost for farming.

It was launched at SK Taman Tun Dr Ismail (SKITDI) 1, and is very timely given that Malaysians produce 15,000 tonnes of food waste daily.

From that amount, an estimated 8,000 tonnes could have been redistributed while 3,000 tonnes eventually end up in landfills.

The project is financed by the foundation's Community Link programme, which aims to encourage as many CIMB employees as possible to undertake meaningful CSR projects in their local communities.

The project is executed in collaboration with Axile Consulting Sdn Bhd, a consulting company that ideated the Zero Waste & Urban Farm Community project as part of their CSR efforts.

It was launched by CIMB Foundation chief executive officer Datuk Hamidah Naziadin, together with CIMB Group Commercial Banking Deputy CEO Ahmad Shazli Kamarulzaman, SKTTDI (1) headmistress Ramnah Darus and Axile Consulting managing director Azlan Yaacob.

Through this model, SKITDI (1) will be able to compost their food waste using the composting machines which will be permanently stationed at the school and could produce compost within just 24 hours.

The initiative was earlier piloted at the Masjid At-Taqwa and the local police station in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, during which 15kg of compost was produced for local residents to use.

In the next few months, CIMB Foundation will install five composting machines permanently at strategic places in TTDI while volunteers from CIMB and Axile Consulting Sdn Bhd will train the local communities on using the machine and establishing urban farms.

Hamidah said, "We are pleased to support this zero-waste and urban farming project, which fits in well with the foundation's bigger sustainability goals.

"Through our Community Link programme, we are truly encouraged by highly practical staff-proposed initiatives that empower local communities to resolve basic issues with meaningful outcomes.

Over the years, our staff have championed many small causes which are easily scalable, which have been the driving success of our Community Link programme nationwide since its inception in 2007."

This year, CIMB Foundation's Community Link environmental sustainability efforts also include the construction of a "micro hydro" system to provide 30 families in Long Resingan, Sarawak, with a lifetime supply of electricity and water, the provision of portable solar systems to 120 families in Bentong, Pahang and Lawas, Sarawak, and a full-scale solar power system for a kindergarten in Long Lamam, Ulu Baram, Sarawak.
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