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Dipolog to fully implement waste management in 2007

Dipolog City (September 5) -- If a person could generate at least half a kilogram of waste everyday, this city with its population of more or less 100,000 has to handle 60 tons of garbage each day.

This prompted the city government to "fast track" its waste management program that intends to reduce waste generation and encourage recycling of wastes.

Atty. Alanixon Selda, city information officer, disclosed that the city government is going to put in place its waste management system by the end of this year. He also said the present "landfill" at barangay Sangkol will be closed soon.

City Mayor Evelyn Tang-Uy and Selda attended recently a conference on waste management in Manila, discussing among others suggestions and recommendations attendant to the implementation of Republic Act 9003, otherwise known as Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

RA 9003 provides that all dumpsites should be closed on February 14, 2004 and converted into controlled disposal facilities or landfill.

By February 14, 2006, RA 9003 provides that controlled disposal facilities should be deemed closed and that waste generation must be reduced by 25 percent after five years.

According to Selda, solid waste management program should start at the barangay level. "We will tap the barangays to start with waste segregation, recycle and reuse. Every person is also encouraged to reduce waste generation," Selda stressed.

Selda added that the plan now is for every barangay to have non-biodegradable material recovery facility where plastics, metals and the like will be placed.

The city government will also tap owners of junkshops to buy non-biodegradable waste materials from the "recovery facilities."

Meanwhile, the households in non-urban barangays are encouraged to put up their own compost pits where biodegradable waste materials be placed.

Right now, the city government officials are constantly holding meetings to speed up and finalize plans for waste management in the city. (MO/PIA-ZN) [top]

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