‘Mandaue trash will be deposited in Consolacion or Naga’

04/06/2011 - MANDAUE City’s dump trucks will bring garbage to either Naga City or Consolacion town once Mandaue’s dumpsite in barangay Umapad undergoes rehabilitation, said Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes.

He said that they will strictly implement waste segregation in the city.

The mayor will also study the suggestion of lawyer Benjamin Cabrido, an environmental consultant, to let households and establishments pay for an amount of 70 centavos per kilogram of waste generated.

Cabrido earlier proposed to the Solid Waste Management Board to mandate residents and establishments to pay for the garbage they throw.

Each garbage truck will be equipped with a weighing scale to determine how much a household or establishment should pay.

If Cabrido’s proposal is approved by the City Council and waste segregation is strictly implemented, only 20 percent of the average 200 metric tons of garbage thrown daily by Mandauehanons will need to be deposited in a landfill.

Cabrido said households will be compelled to segregate and recycle their non-biodegradable waste to lessen the amount they have to pay for garbage that needs to be collected.

With the city’s plan to convert the landfill into an eco-park, Cabrido said that for the meantime they will throw garbage in a private dumpsite in Consolacion.

They still have to inspect the site, he said.

Phase 1 of the P33 million Umapad dumpsite rehabilitation is about to begin, he said.

Cortes ordered the dumpsite closed last June 05, 2008. But it was only partly closed since the city doesn’t have an alternative dumpsite.

A sanitary landfill in barangay Polog, Consolacion town is privately owned, said Mayor Teresa Alegado. The landfill was 50 percent finished when she assumed as mayor.

Alegado said the landfill which cost P250 million features methane-to-energy converters from Asian Energy Corp.

The 6 hectare to 7 ha landfill is done but not yet operational, she said.

The converter requires tons of garbage before it can start producing power, she said.

The payment per ton of garbage is P700, Alegado said. (Cebu Daily News)

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