Model for solid waste facility eyed

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

MAYOR Mauricio Domogan is positive Baguio City will soon have a quality integrated solid waste management system.
The mayor said he hopes to adopt a material recovery facility in Hesperia City, California as a component of the planned solid waste management system in Sto. Tomas.

"The plant integrates a very advanced technology that will surely change how we perceive waste disposal," said Domogan, who recently went to the United States.

Domogan said the facility has the capability to separate biodegradable from non-biodegradable or wet from dry wastes.


He added that the wet waste also has a separate dryer before it undergoes other processes.

Furthermore, Domogan said he has already convened local officials of Apugan, Sto. Tomas, which is the identified area for the city's engineered sanitary landfill (ESL).

The city chief executive said the community has agreed to conduct series of consultation and information dissemination even in nearby areas which may be affected by the ESL plan.

Currently, the city government of Baguio has an agreement with Organic Power Ireland, Limited, in the conduct of the ongoing feasibility study on the effectiveness and use of technologies that will make up the solid waste facility of the city.

The technologies being eyed as component of the solid waste facility are central materials recovery facility (MRF); environmental recycling system (ERS) facility; engineered sanitary landfill (ESL); waste to energy (WTE); and health care waste treatment plant (HCWTP). The cost for the initial development of the integrated solid waste disposal site is P53,802,000, of which P10 million is allotted for the construction of two buildings for material recovery facilities.

At present, Baguio City produces about 360 to 370 tons of garbage a day.
Approximately 122 tons are being dumped in a landfill in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan while the remaining wastes are processed in the city's ERS and recyclable wastes taken by some interested garbage pickers who find good use out of these wastes.

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

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