Davao City garbage collection up

Subscribe Now October 11, 2012 at 09:55pm

Garbage collection in Davao City is up 7.5 % from 2011 figures. Engineer Joseph Felizarta City Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) chief said from January to September of this year their office has recorded 411 tons of garbage being collected daily as compared to 2011 figures of 382 tons/day.

Felizarta attributes the increase of garbage collected to the growth of Davao City with new malls, condominiums and subdivisions being opened and expanded.

He said that they are still in the process of calculating how much these new establishments have contributed to the garbage collection. Last September 28, SM Lanang Premiere, one of the largest mall in Mindanao opened in the city.

However he said that the 411 tons is still below the 500 tons being collected before 2011 when the city instituted the solid waste management ordinance which mandates waste segregation.

The decreased garbage collection following the law's implementation was able to translate into P37-million worth of savings from garbage operations.

About 61% of the wastes generated by the city are biodegradable wastes, 20% are recyclable and residual wastes account for 20% which are those thrown in the sanitary landfill.

He said that 200 tons of the collected garbage comes from the city’s public markets. The city is practicing composting with composting sites in the city’s slaughter house and inside the sanitary landfill.

Felizarta said that they collect two garbage trucks of compost materials per day.

Felizarta guesting at Marco Polo Davao's Club 888 media forum on Wednesday, October 10 said they have arrested 428 individuals for violation of the anti-plastic ordinance. He however said no cases have been filed in court since the violators have chosen to pay the citation tickets given to them.

Davao City is the first local government in the country to ban the use of non-biodegradable plastics and polystyrene foam or "styro foam". The ordinance was fully implemented last June 28 of this year.

Source: pia.gov.ph

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