A sole believer of “never let anything go to waste”, 11-year-old Maryam Muzamir from Kuantan has created Yam 2.0 – a sustainable animal feed made from discarded shrimp shells and seashells.
The primary school student from SK Perempuan Methodist was inspired after noticing the number of shrimp shells and seashells that would go to waste at seafood restaurants.
“Shells contain chitin, which is an important chemical for the production of animal feed,” she said.
“In June last year, I informed my father and we spoke to the restaurant operators here to give the shrimp and sea shell waste to us instead of throwing them away. The operators agreed and I was determined to make it a success,” she told NST.
Since then, Maryam has collected about 30kg of shrimp and sea snail waste and continues to dry them out in the sun.
Once dried, she separates the shrimp and sea…