Bontoc develops waste management system

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014


BONTOC, Mt. Province -- The municipality's garbage problem is now almost a blessing.

A year after its main dumpsite in Caluttit village was ordered closed by the court, Mayor Franklin Odsey disclosed there had been lesser plastic garbage collection after the implementation of the No Plastic Ordinance more than three weeks ago.

“So far even the Bontoc Market Vendors Association is embracing the ordinance, they are now using paper bags to wrap their products,” he added.

Reports from his office revealed residents started bringing their own bags when going to the market.

Further, garbage segregation on biodegradable, non-biodegradable and recyclable collection system is in place.

“The municipality is currently developing our waste management system with our Eco Park 1for biodegradable wastes, Eco Park 2 for the recyclables and residuals,” Odsey said.

At Eco Park 1, casual employee Nida Cherwaken and four others, work on further segregating non-biodegradable materials from the collected mound of biodegradable garbage.

Cherwaken said, “We have seen a decrease in the plastic garbage collected in the past three weeks.”

But more noticeable in the dumpsite is the vast array of vegetables and fruit trees as well as herbs and ornamentals teeming within its surroundings.

The dumpsite has also been turned into a compost facility, where the biodegradable dump is turned into fertilizer and given free to anyone who wants it.

“We got the seeds of the vegetables from the dumps and planted them in paper and plastic cups as seedling beds, before planting them in the surroundings, and now we could harvest them whenever we like,” said Cherwaken.

“The garbage collectors are always glad to come here since they can pick vegetables and fruits to take back home freely,” added Cherwaken.

The garden dumpsite is planted with okra, bitter gourd, squash, varieties of chili, lemon, different herbs, cucumber, and eggplant.

Roger Acapen, officer of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office, said Eco Park 1is just less than 500 square meters in size, “but what you see are the greens that almost cover the entire surroundings.”

The municipality now had been practicing greener means in dealing with their garbage problems, even acquiring machineries to turn bottles and plastic materials into additives for construction materials.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 16, 2014.

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