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PIA Press Release
2009/10/08

Maasin City identifies sanitary landfill, widespread waste segregation sought

By R.G. Cadavos

Maasin City, Southern Leyte (8 October) -- In an interview live over radio station DyDM this morning, Maasin City Administrator Atty. Feorillo Demeterio Jr. reported that Barangay Bactul I was identified as the city's sanitary landfill and mentioned as one of the biggest project of Mayor Maloney Samaco.

Atty. Demeterio, the City General Services Officer designate in their weekly program, "Maasin City In Action" revealed that the 9-hectare sanitary landfill in Brgy. Bactul I cost about P20 million,. "The city's waste segregation is not yet fully implemented, since the identified landfill is not yet utilized, hopefully by next year we will start the full implementation of proper waste management," Demeterio disclosed.

The city has identified a pilot area for the waste segregation project. "We made Barangay San Rafael as the model in waste segregation, a big garbage bin was assigned where the residents' non-recyclable trash will be placed," the City Administrator narrated. Their biodegradable wastes are used in composting or placed in pots. The non-recyclable garbage will be collected only once a month by the city's garbage truck, he added.

If fully implemented, the previous landfill in Barangay Combado will be utilized as the processing of the Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF), Demeterio suggested. "The site will be used as the recycling and composting, where saleable materials will be brought and bought," he said. Though, the plan has not yet finalized, he further said.

Demetrio further revealed that Barangay officials of neighboring barangays at Bactul I had already visited San Carlos City for a study tour, to observe their sanitary landfill. The trip urged them to support the city's sanitary landfill project, said Demeterio.

The study tour also allowed the barangay residents improve their segregation, collection and hopefully the implementation of a comprehensive solid waste management at their level to complement the efforts of the city government. The barangay officials can also help their constituents to practice the same without any enforcement from proper authorities. (PIA-soleyte) [top]

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