SMK Aminuddin Baki wins 2019 Green Award for sustainable mini farm
Last Update: 10/10/2019
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 -- A sustainable mini farm using recycled materials has won Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Aminuddin Baki here the 2019 Green Award.
Started earlier this year, the mini farm also produced a variety of vegetables that could generate income to cover the school's welfare costs.
The school's Science and Technology Club head Mardiah Ab Latiff said the site has originally been neglected since 2015 before being 'revived' into a mini farm for plants and vegetables.
"We used plastic bottles, soaps and other recycled materials to form an eco garden and created a 'hydroponic' corner where a school of fish was also placed in containers to generate fertilisers through its waste.
"The hydroponic plants and vegetables are found to be more fertile than grown on the ground and our sales are channelled to the school dormitory welfare fund," she told Bernama.
Mardiah said the students also collected food waste from the canteen and hostel through a compose programme to turn it into fertiliser for crops.
"Food waste that was collected either from the canteen, the teachers or students who brought it from the house was sorted by category and stored in containers until they became fertilisers.
"We also encourage every teacher and student to bring recycled goods every Wednesday for sale to the public and students are given certificates and some money from the sale of the goods," she said.
The Green Award organised by EcoKnights in collaboration with the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) and ERE Consulting was presented by DID river division director-general Md Khairi Selamat.
According to EcoKnights founder Yasmin Rashid, the award is an annual competition that provides a platform for young people to showcase their creativity in school waste management.
"It is one of the initiatives under the 'River of Life' project which also promotes awareness on river conservation and environmental protection," she said.
She said two categories contested this year were 'Fully Active', focusing on waste management with the school community, and 'Naturally Creative', a short documentary on exploring the importance of rivers.
"We received about 100 entries from 19 schools around the Klang Valley at the beginning of May where 10 of them had been selected as 2019 Green Award finalists," she said.