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Thursday, January 05, 2012

More sanitary landfills to be operational soon -- NSWMC

by Precie Catherine C. Cuarto

QUEZON CITY, Jan. 5 (PIA) -- The National Solid Waste Management Commission is now preparing additional sanitary landfills which may be operational soon.

According to NSWMC Executive Director and Office-in-Charge Emelita Aguinaldo, there are already 38 sanitary landfills in use throughout the country, and 60 more will be operational in the coming months as these have already been issued an environmental compliance certificate.

Aguinaldo said a sanitary landfill must meet certain criteria before it becomes operational.

(A sanitary landfill) cannot be anywhere near a flood prone area, an earthquake belt, or an airport. Also, the garbage sap should not reach the water table," said Aguinaldo. "Landfills must be engineer-designed to be able to mitigate all (negative) impact.

Aguinaldo said, however, that landfill design and safety feature depend on the area.

The NSWMC official also said there is a permeability test for the soil. One measure is to cover the soil pores to create a clay lining, thick enough to prevent absorption in the water table.

To make sure that landfills are properly maintained, a multipartite monitoring team will oversee the operation, said Aguinaldo.

To lengthen the life of the landfill, she said, the public must segregate wastes at the household level. (PCC/PIA-GHQ)

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