Penang on the verge of a revolution in waste management

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Applying bacteria technology to recycle waste, a Penang company is turning our mounting throwaways into liquid fertilisers, reducing the need for landfills.

The things you first notice arriving at Campbell Market in the early morning are its Victorian facade and the lively atmosphere pervading it.

The site has an odd past as a Malay cemetery. Today, it seems to be just a popular place for George Town dwellers to get ingredients for their daily meals. What you wouldn’t think of finding here is one of the newest pieces of biotech equipment. Sitting out back is a contraption that, for the past four years, has been grinding away all the food waste generated at this historical market.

This is a very compact composting machine produced by Bio-Regen, a company started by an Australian by the name of Ken Bellamy.


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