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PIA Press Release
2008/11/26

DOST introduces recycling technology during REC-8 summit

By Jonnie H. Buenaventura

Tacloban City (26 November) -- The Eastern Visayas Regional Ecological Center (REC-8) thru the Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Environment and Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) and German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) has called all LGUs in Eastern Visayas to a summit to provisions of R.A. 9003 otherwise known as the Philippine Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2003.

RA 9003 requires each LGU to obtain knowledge and technical expertise relevant to the development and preparation of solid waste management plans, operation and management of material recovery facilities, closure and rehabilitation of open dumpsite and design, operation and management of sanitary landfill.

the prevailing problem on waste which is among the major concerns of most Local Government Units (LGUs) across the country and affect the environment and health as a whole, the Eastern Visayas Regional Ecological Center (REC-8) thru the Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Environment and Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) and German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) has called all LGUs in Eastern Visayas to a summit in order to address the problems and discuss the prevailing internal rules and regulations of R.A. 9003 otherwise known as the Philippine Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2003 which require each LGU a certain degree of knowledge and technical expertise, such as the development and preparation of solid waste management plans, operation and management of material recovery facilities, closure and rehabilitation of open dumpsite and design, operation and management of sanitary landfill.

To address the prevailing problem the Department of Science and Technology has developed two recycling technologies in order to lessen the volume of wastes generated and make use of them.

Dr. Aracelli Monsada, Supervising Research Specialist, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), one of the speaker during the REC-8 summit held yesterday at Asia Convention Center, Tacloban City, informed the participants that DOST had developed two recycling technologies that LGU may adopt or use in recycling the biodegradable and degradable wastes into a useful products.

According to Dr. Monsada the first is Styro/ Plastic Technology which is a recycling technology converting waste plastics especially foamed polystyrene and plastic bags into useful products, which is used for recycling biodegradable. Dr. Monsada put emphasis on the many plastic bags and Styrofoam that are seen on the alleys and roads which is an eye sore and can clogged our drainage system and cause floods and diseases, this biodegradable wastes can be minimized and eliminated using the technology by combining the styro/plastic bags, size reduction (shredding/grinding), melting/densification and create a densified products (functional novelty) such as table tops, cat walk for landscape, bricks, synthetic timber plank, boards and many others.

Second is the use of Biogas Technology which converts the degradable waste or organic waste coming from agriculture or livestock and kitchen waste into biogas. Dr. Monsada said that manure is a source of biogas by mixing the animal manure and kitchen waste thru the use of biogas technology thus creating biogas which is an alternative source for cooking, lighting, refrigeration and other useful uses, she said.

Dr. Monsada further informed the participants that we should be cautious enough in dealing biodegradable and degradable waste because it is a serious problem we are facing now, she emphasized the 4Rs principle which is to Reduce, Re-use, Recycle and buy Recycled products for they comply with the standards set by the government.

Dr. Monsada advised the Local Government Units to use or adopt the technology for it does not only minimize the waste it is also environment friendly, create job opportunities and income generation.

Other topics discussed during the summit were Sanitary Landfill Design with Bais City experience discussed by Engr. Elvis Libradilla, STE, GTZ-AHT SWM4LGUS; Sanitary Landfill Clustering: Southern Leyte Pacific Alliance Updates by Ms. Mary Jane Honor, SWM Coordinator, DENR-CENRO San Juan; Closure and Rehabilitation of Dumpsites by Ms. Jennifer De Leon- Flores, Environmental Geologist, NSWMC Secretariat; Engr. Geri Geronimo Saņes, Chief Hazard Waste Section, EQD-EMB; Cleaner Production Technologies (Waste Minimization) by Engr. Angelica Celicious, Science Research Specialist 1; Vermi-Composting by Councilor Jose "Pepe" Alfaro, LGU-Ormoc City; and Segregated Storage and Segregated Collection and Establishing Material Recovery Facilities by Engr. Voltaire L. Acosta, LTE,GTZ-AHT SWM4LGUS the summit were participated by Mayors, Councilors, Municipal Planning and Development Officers, officials of Department of Environment and Natural Resources and other National Government Agencies. (PIA-8) [top]

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