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2010/09/29

Taguig unveils plan to solve garbage problem

Aggressive recycling and composting

Manila (29 September) -- This is how the Taguig Solid waste management Office (SWMO) describes its plan to get rid of the city's garbage problem, or at least gradually reduce waste output.

Jim Tarog, SWMO officer-in-charge, says he's aiming to enlist just about everyone for the cause.

"We want to employ a community- based approach on our goal of zero waste here in Taguig. Obviously, this is something that can only be achieved with everyone's help," Tarog said.

The SWMO head unveiled a three-step plan to reduce the city's waste output ? garbage segregation, composting and vegetable planting aided by the resulting fertilizers.

"Since this is a community-based, we need to have every home follow these steps," Tarog said, pointing out that "residential waste" accounts for around 75 percent of the garbage that the city produces daily.

With segregation, residents must b able to tell what portion of their garbage is biodegradable or recyclable, he said. Kitchen wastes such as food scraps fall under biodegradable garbage.

Under the SWMO's three-pronged approach, recyclable garbage would be forwarded to a Materials Recovery facility (MRF) which would then be finds ways to reuse or recycle the garbage.

Citing a study conducted by his office, Tarog reckoned that the city government would be able to put up three MRFs at a cost of under P38 million and place them at strategic areas in Taguig.

Tarog said that the three MRFs would be able to greatly reduce waste output that would translate to huge savings.

The SWMO chief also said that the biodegradable wastes can be turned into usable fertilizer through composting.

He added that enterprising residents would be able to save money from food expenses if they could use their very own fertilizer to grow vegetables right in their backyard garden. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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