La Trinidad trash budget fast dwindling

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Monday, June 23, 2014


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- A dwindling budget on waste is facing the Valley.

Solid Waste Management officer in charge Dwight Daodao said the Valley's budget for hauling trash to Tarlac is only pegged at P2.5 million, which is running out quick.

This he disclosed as he urged people to segregate their trash if only to lighten the load haulers are picking up.

Garbage woes here have gone worse pushing the municipality to haul their garbage out of town. The contractor has now hauled a total of 15 rounds since the start of the month pegged at P 1,650 per ton of trash.

The Alno dump site has exceeded its capacity and is danger of collapsing, fearing a repeat of the Baguio trash slide will happen based on a report by the Municipal Engineering Office.

The capacity of the Alno site is an actual 10,000 tons of waste but is now over 35,000 tons its limit, teetering dangerously to inducing hairline cracks and the worst-case scenario - a trash slide.

Daodao said contractors sourced out for hauling are doing two tasks: emptying the Alno site of existing trash as well as hauling out daily waste from the town's 16 barangays.

For the daily trash, which has no space in the Alno site, a budget of P4.2 million is allotted.

Daodao said the contractor pays per ton at the tipping site and the weight of the trash depends on how much each hauling trip can carry.

He stressed segregation at source can help lighten the load of the contractor's haul each day, therefore stretching the budget of the town for waste.

Daily waste hauled twice a day since June 7 to 14 has totaled 42.39 tons now while de-clogging of Alno trash since June 4 to 14 has reached 369 metric tons (or a daily average of 61.53 metric tons a day).

There is an estimated 1,600 tons of garbage still needed to be hauled out of the Alno dump which is riddled with cracks and is need of repairs.

Mayor Edna Tabanda said the hauling of garbage is a temporary solution to the worsening garbage problem the Alno sanitary landfill is facing.

"We need to go back to the basics," she said, stressing the need to segregate at source.

Tabanda said residents need to be reminded anew of the importance of household waste management to be able to go back on track in the waste management plan of the Valley.

The Valley is producing 93 tons of waste a day from households as well as the vegetable trading post.

Tabanda foresees a strict segregation policy to be implemented by the Valley to push residents to take care of their own waste.

A revived information campaign will also be implanted as well as an incentives program to entice villages to segregate their waste.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 24, 2014.

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