DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – The city government of Dumaguete has allocated P3 million for the construction of Material Recovery facilities (MRFs) in identified barangays in the city.
MRFs are designed for a systematic transfer, storage, sorting, and processing of waste in an environment-friendly manner.
The identified barangays that will have a portion of this fund are barangays Mangnao, Pulangtubig, Bajumpandan, Batinguel, Camanjac, Candau-ay, and Bantayan.
A central MRF located near the city dumpsite in Candau-ay is already near completion.
This will cater to waste from Dumaguete city’s poblacion barangays.
Armand Adanza, Integrated Solid Waste Management Coordinator of the city Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO), disclosed that the city government views this as one of the solutions that will solve the Dumaguete City’s problem on garbage.
Every day, around 40 tons of mixed trash is collected by the city government from different households which are eventually disposed at the city dumpsite.
Adanza emphasized the main purpose of the establishment of MRFs in every barangay which is to reduce the huge amount of garbage collected by the city government by compelling residents in the barangay level to practice proper waste segregation.
Based on R.A. 9003, there are four types of waste, namely: biodegradable, non-biodegradable, hazardous, and residual wastes.
Once barangay residents and officials are successful in implementing this waste segregation scheme, the city government will only have to collect residual wastes from households.
The establishment of MRFs is in compliance with City Ordinance 115 series of 1998 and R.A. 9003.
Said villages are communities that followed in the footsepts of Barangay Junob which nnow has an operational MRF.
With this, Adanza hopes that barangay leaders will be able to see the importance of MRFs and its contribution to environmental protection.
“If we review the R.A. 9003, barangays have a role in implementation. Why should we follow R.A. 9003? Solid waste can contribute to climate change, ” Adanza said.
Loreto Rivac, an official of Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), underscored that segregation of wastes should be included in the environmental planning of barangay officials.
Loreto said the ‘segregation at source’ refers to the segregation of wastes from the household level, and barangay leaders should enforce proper waste segregation among their constituents.
Aside from the environmental benefits it brings, Adanza also believes MRFs can create economic opportunities for barangay residents.
He discussed that part of constructing MRF is providing space for the production area where residents can process recyclable wastes into livelihood products which can augment their daily income.
Meanwhile, Adanza disclosed that the city dumpsite will be closed once the central MRF is operational.
He said there was already a closure plan for the city dumpsite since 2010. (rmn/ral/PIA7-NegOr/Article first published at PIA Website on Nov. 12, 2014)