Total closure of landfill pushed

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014


THE proposal to totally close the Inayawan Sanitary Landfill has been revived by the Cebu City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro).

Cenro head and Landfill manager Randy Navarro said it is better for the City Government to totally close the landfill since it is spending P10 million for it.

The amount, he said, is used for the maintenance of the facility, particularly in the purchase of limestone for the landfill's road.

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While the 15.4-hectare facility has been closed by Mayor Michael Rama to all forms of dumping in March 2011, the landfill is still being used as a transfer station.

This means that barangays with garbage trucks that cannot endure the trip to Barangay Pulog, Consolacion dump their trash at the landfill.

The garbage is then hauled by the garbage trucks of the Department of Public Services.

Pulog, which is about four kilometers from Barangay Pit-os, is where Consolacion's private sanitary landfill, recovery and power generation facility is located.

It is operated by the Asian Energy Systems Corp.

The City is paying the private sanitary landfill a tipping fee of P700 per ton of garbage dumped.

The City disposes an average of 200 to 300 tons of trash every day.

In an interview with Sun.Star Cebu, Navarro said he would prefer that the P10 million annual budget for the landfill be used to purchase trucks for barangays with defective garbage trucks.

This way, the landfill will no longer be used as a transfer station.

Navarro said he has already told Rama about the plan to totally close the landfill to any form of operation.

He said the City is targeting to have it implemented by January next year.

However, Councilor Nida Cabrera, chairperson of the city council's committee on environment, said that the City cannot close the landfill yet because of the absence of a closure and rehabilitation plan.

Cabrera told Sun.Star Cebu, in a separate interview, that such plan is required by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

It is one of the provisions set forth under Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

She said that a P1.2 -million operational budget has been set aside for the formulation of the closure plan but it is yet to be completed.

The matter is being undertaken by the City's Solid Waste Management Board.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 26, 2014.

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