A year ago, I had multiple stacks of old newspapers being stored in my house and ready to be sold. When I tried to sell the stacks, there were difficulties in locating an authority or scrap collectors that would buy the old newspapers around my residential area. This event brought me into realization that the number of scrap collectors today are significantly low. Consequently, this would result in improper disposal of the papers such as burning that would eventually lead to the emission of Greenhouse Gas (GHG).I figured the potential solution to this problem is by upcycling the paper wastes into seedballs (or also known as earth balls), in which the seed is added inside the small ball that is made from paper waste and thrown to the suitable area. Furthermore, seedballs could effectively restore the natural flora that had been destroyed when planted in rural or urban areas in an inexpensive way.
Overview of Issue / Background
A year ago, I had multiple stacks of old newspapers being stored in my house and ready to be sold. When I tried to sell the stacks, there were difficulties in locating an authority or scrap collectors that would buy the old newspapers around my residential area. This event brought me into realization that the number of scrap collectors today are significantly low. Consequently, this would result in improper disposal of the papers such as burning that would eventually lead to the emission of Greenhouse Gas (GHG).
I figured the potential solution to this problem is by upcycling the paper wastes into seedballs (or also known as earth balls), in which the seed is added inside the small ball that is made from paper waste and thrown to the suitable area. Furthermore, seedballs could effectively restore the natural flora that had been destroyed when planted in rural or urban areas in an inexpensive way.
Project Objectives (Vision & Mission)
- To upcycle paper waste.
- To reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses emission.
- To elevate the needs of the B40 community in the agricultural sector through urban farming.
- To engage the community of Seksyen 24, Shah Alam in chili cultivation.
Project Details (Activities and Tasks)
- Community Engagement: Seedball will involve the community of Seksyen 24, particularly those within the B40 household income classification.
- Site Survey: A site survey must be conducted before the commencement of the program to ensure that the place selected is suitable for the scattering of the seedballs.
Collaboration: The program will be in collaboration with Briged Sukarelawan UiTM, where they would assist in locating the most appropriate venue to implement the program and advertise to the community.
Expected Project Result & Outcomes
- Participants will learn how to convert paper wastes into beneficial products.
- The community will be involved in horticulture where they will be in charge of the maintenance of the crops.
- Lessens the expenses of the B40 community in Seksyen 24, Shah Alam on purchasing crop-based plants.
Lee Hui Hui9 months agoRM 50.00
Aiman9 months agoRM 10.00
nadia9 months agoRM 50.00
Azriel Azraii bin Azhar9 months agoRM 2.00
1906% of RM39.34 Goal
|University name||:||Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Shah Alam|
|Project leader name||:||MUHAMMAD AIMAN BIN MOHAMAD ROSLI|
|Project implementation date||:||2022-10-15|
|Location of project held||:||Flat PKNS Seksyen 24, Shah Alam|
|Beneficiary||:||Community of Flat PKNS Seksyen 24, Shah Alam|
|Number of beneficiaries||:||500|
A. Project Goals:
The project focuses on providing environmental awareness to the community of Flat PKNS Seksyen 24, Shah Alam by educating them on reducing paper wastes by converting the wastes into seedballs which can then be planted in the community garden.
B. Fund-raising support & Other external sponsorhip:
No fund-raising support and other external sponsorship were provided for the project.
C. Project Implementation:
a. Jul - Aug 2022
b. 23 & 25 August 2022
- Site Visit I &II
c. 25 September 2022
- Meeting with the community of Flat PKNS Seksyen 24, Shah Alam to discuss the SEEDERGY project.
d. 30 September 2022
- Picked up blenders sponsored by KHIND.
e. 7- 10 October 2022
- Materials purchasing
f. 9 October 2022
- Communal work with the community of Flat PKNS Seksyen 24, Shah Alam
g. 15 October 2022
- Demonstration of seedball making to the community
- Production of seedballs from paper wastes by the community
- Planting of seedballs containing vegetable seeds
D. Difficulties :
- Difficulties in community engagement
- Budget constraints
E. Language or cultural barriers :
The committee of the project and the community of Flat PKNS Seksyen 24 did not encounter any problem in terms of communication as they understood the objectives of the project and even promoted the project in their Annual Grand Meeting (AGM). The community also provided the committee with breakfast and lunch while the project is being held.
F. Project Implementation Process :
Each member of the committee were fully committed to the project which allowed the project to be smoothly conducted. Beside the financial assistance provided by the public and organization in order to purchase the required items and materials, there were also volunteers from the university that participated the program that helped increase manpower especially during communal work held at the community garden.
One of the biggest challenges faced while implementing the project is the inconsistent weather conditions in Malaysia. Since the project requires direct exposure to the outdoor environment, rainy weather or season has caused delays to the project.
G. Beneficiaries :
The project beneficiaries are approximately 500 people who are living in Flat PKNS Seksyen 24, Shah Alam. The residents of the flat fully own the vegetable crops (okra, eggplant, chili) planted during the program where their expenses on crop-based plants can be significantly lessened.
H. Long term impact and sustainability of this project :
A large fraction of the residents will continue to be involved with horticulture where they could plant their preferred vegetables using seedballs once the vegetable crops from the project are ready to be harvested. Seedergy may continue to be used as one of the events during Malaysia Environment Week, which is annually held by Briged Sukarelawan UiTM. As a result, the initiative, which involves dispersing seedballs around Shah Alam, will be carried out each year.
Section II (a)
How does or will your project contribute to happiness? Short-term? Long-term?
In the long term, the final outcome of the project has shown promising results to foster the habit of being involved in outdoor activities (specifically gardening) in the residents or community of Flat PKNS Seksyen 24. Based on the interviews conducted with the participants, they mentioned that they were grateful for this project as their community garden has been neglected for an extended period of time where the residents are no longer interested in the maintanence of the garden.After the project has been completed, we visited the site weekly to observe the progress from the project, in which we saw that the residents has started different gardening projects in other areas in the community garden.
Has your project changed the way you think about the world? How has it changed you?
Seedergy Project, without a doubt, has widened and broadened our perspectives not only environmentally but also socially. Before we were given the opportunity to conduct the project, beside recycling, we have always thought that protecting the environment requires advanced technical skills and has complex processes. Through this project, we managed to discover cost-effective way on reducing paper wastes and converting them into beneficial products, which are the seedballs.From the social aspect, we were delightful to see young children and also elderlies enthusiastically participate in the activities and contributed their energy into succeeding this project. Despite being conducted during weekends, the community voluntarily and willlingly joined the program, both during the communal work and during the actual program, to improvise their situation together.
Section II (b)
"The bigger the the challenge, the bigger the benefits and satisfaction."
"Getting yourself involved in community projects rewards you in various aspects."
"Horticulture and interactions with the elderies really helped me to learn new things and kept my mind at bay from all assignments."
"The community gave me so much knowledge on gardening, from the basics to advanced."
"I like how my contribution will be of life long benefits to the residents."