legislators push approval and implementation of the new solid waste
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO, Samar News.com
April 9, 2011
CALBAYOG CITY –
While the Sanggunian is working on the immediate approval and
implementation of the Comprehensive and Integrated Solid Waste
Management System of the City, the first batch of “Trainors’ Training
on Waste Analysis and Characterization Survey” (WACS) was conducted on
April 6, 2011 at the Sports Center.
Since the law mandates
that the segregation and collection of solid wastes (specifically
biodegradable, compostable and reusable wastes) shall be conducted at
the barangay level, and the non-recyclable materials and special
wastes shall be the obligation of the city through its private garbage
collector; the Solid Waste and Management Office (SWMO) required the
barangay officials or its representatives to undergo WACS training.
From among the 22
service areas, the city has an existing 8 Material Recovery Facilities
(MRF) that are operational – receive, separate, and prepare recyclable
materials for marketing to end-user manufacturers.
On the other hand,
WACS is the process to determine the total weight and volume of wastes
and verify the composition of waste materials being disposed per day,
assess the actual value of the 30% required diversion and identifies
the kind of waste for diversion from the disposal facility.
According to 2006
study on Characterization and Quantification of Residuals from
Material Recovery Facilities, the purpose of the material recovery
facilities (MRF) residual characterization was to obtain a complete
picture of the disposal and recovery potential for MRF residuals in
order to allow evaluation of potentially applicable recovery
strategies including processing and conversion technologies.
CSWM Chair Ronald P.
Aquino said that in the new solid waste management system, the city
will implement color coded and numbered sacks, impose schedules of
bulky garden wastes collection, no use of plastic bags and will
enforce stricter penalties for non-compliant or violators.
He warned the people
not to burn household garbage like recyclable items, yard or garden
wastes. Said human activities are contributing to global warming by
adding excessive amounts of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere;
Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide accumulate in the atmosphere
and trap heat that normally would exit into outer space, he added.
He also said that
dumping of garbage in non-designated areas and pick-up points are also
prohibited as it becomes a breeding ground for disease causing
believed that achieving a hundred percent compliance involves a
laborious task considering that Calbayog is composed of 157 barangays
and considered the third largest city in the
But as head or architects of their respective territories, it needs
“If you fail to plan,
you plan to fail”, he said. He encouraged the people to begin with a
single step and rectify previous mistakes.