City opens P75-M sanitary landfill facility

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Monday, March 30, 2015

THE City Government's sanitary landfill facility worth P75 million and located in the village of Salaan starts operation Tuesday, March 31.

Engineer Reynaldo Gonzales, Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources chief, said the first cell of the sanitary landfill, which has an area of 2.3 hectares, can be used for a three-year period.

The entire sanitary landfill has a total area of 10.6 hectares and will consist of four cells, which can accommodate Zamboanga City's solid waste disposal for a 10-year period.


Gonzales said that the sanitary landfill can accommodate some 249,000 tons of garbage in three years time.

He said they collect around 160 tons of garbage daily in the city.

He added that what will be dumped at the sanitary landfill facility are garbage residuals since all recyclable materials will be sorted out at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in the village of Lumbangan.

Lumbangan, which is 8.85 kilometers east of City Hall, is where the open pit controlled dumpsite of the city is located.

Gonzales said the controlled dumpsite in Lumbangan will be closed but the MRF will continue to operate.

The sanitary landfill facility, minus the MRF, cost the City Government a total of P75 million on staggered appropriations, of which P65 million was spent for the construction of one out of four wastes disposal cells, lining facility, leachate collection and treatment facility.

The other project components worth P10 million consisted of the site development, administration building, roads, perimeter fence and drainage system. (Bong Garcia/Sunnex)

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