Davao City daily waste collection lesser by 100 tons

Subscribe Now May 11, 2012 at 10:46am

The garbage collected in the city daily by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) has been reduced by as much as 100 tons (per day) with the implementation of the waste segregation ordinance. CENRO chief Atty. Joseph Felizarta said that before the segregation police was implemented the city was collecting about 500 to 570 tons of garbage per day.

In 2011 it went down to 420 tons and in 2012 it was further reduced to 402 tons according to Felizarta. The reduction translates to savings of P37-million a year from the operating expenses of hauling garbage from collection points to the landfill.

The “No Segregation, No Collection Policy” ordinance was implemented in July 1, 2011 and is in compliance with Republic Act 9003 or the Solid Waste Management Act. The ordinance stipulates that only residual wastes shall only be collected by garbage collectors for disposal at the city’s landfill in New Carmen.

The CENRO chief said that based on current daily collection the modern landfill in New Carmen can take in garbage for about 10 years before it is going to be filled up. Felizarta said that about 20% of the landfill’s first layer has been filled up.

Meanwhile the CENRO will be implementing the ban on non-biodegradable plastic bags and Polystyrene (Styrofoam) food containers starting June 28. The ban is in accordance with the provisions of the Davao City Ecological Solid Waste Management Ordinance of 2009 or City Ordinance 0361 series of 2010 (Section 7, Article V) which only permits recyclable and biodegradable plastic bags and containers.

Felizarta said that some biodegradable plastic bags are already being sold in the market or are used by supermarkets and big department stores. He said that one major test of a biodegradable plastic is that it turns brittle when exposed to temperatures reaching 80 degrees Celsius.

He said that an additive is usually added during the manufacturing process of these plastics to make it biodegradable.

According to the ordinance, mall and shop owners who violate the provisions will face penalty ranging from P300 to P5,000 or imprisonment for about six months.

Source: pia.gov.ph

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