La Trinidad open to any waste solutions

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Vice Mayor Romeo Salda said the legislative team will be open but cautious on deciding what technology to use to solve the garbage problem here.

Salda said they are open to "all options" even as the municipal council passed a resolution expressing interest in the latest technology.

The resolution filed by Councilor Henry Kipas supported the Waste to Energy Facility being offered by G20 Environment Solutions Limited.
It was in March when G20 Company Founder and COE Andrew Skidmore and Sasha Grebe presented the waste to energy facility for consideration of the local government unit.


On July 7 and August 6, municipal officials together with several representatives coming from the barangay, non-government organization, peoples organization, cooperatives, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Environment and Natural Resources went to Sta. Maria, Bulacan to inspect the facility.

During both visits to Bulacan, the G20 technology failed to demonstrate how the machine worked prompting another scheduled visit.

“This local government unit has been continuously doing its best to find solutions on how to manage its increasing volume of residual waste,” Kipas said.

Councilor Roderick Awingan, who heads the finance committee, said the municipality’s budget on waste hauling is depleted.

The Valley’s original budget for hauling out garbage to the lowlands was pegged at P2.5 million which has run out.

Garbage woes here have gone worse pushing the municipality to haul their garbage out of town with the contractor doing the hauling at P 1,650 per ton of trash.

Another P3 million is earmarked for waste hauling in the still to be approved supplemental budget.

The Alno dump site has exceeded its capacity and is in danger of collapsing, fearing a repeat of the Baguio trash slide based on a report by municipal Engineering office.

The capacity of the Alno site is an actual 10,000 tons of waste but is now over 35,000 tons its limit, teetering dangerously to inducing hairline cracks and the worst case scenario; a trash slide.

Awingan said there are studies being done to determine the feasibility of buying additional dump trucks for the municipality and hauling waste on their own, without the third party hauler.

Awingan said if studies show it is cheaper and feasible to just buy dump truck for the municipality; the council might consider the option. Maria Elena Catajan with a report from Jessilyn L. Duran/ISU-Echague Intern

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 18, 2014.

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