Angeles sees P61M savings from waste segregation-A A +A
Friday, February 28, 2014
ANGELES CITY -- If things go perfectly well, the City Government here said that it can save at least P61 million a year if its intensive waste segregation program succeeds as it battles the serious problem on garbage.
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said that the city, as a natural consequence of its rapid progress and economic activity, has been generating garbage at an average of 561 grams per person. Multiplying this with the current 390,000 population of the city, the local government would have to deal with 212 tons of garbage on a daily basis.
The mayor asserts that the city, in fact, is the only local government unit in Pampanga that regularly dumps garbage at the Kalangitan Landfill. Disposal fees alone saps the city some P80 million to P100 million a year.
"If we can save from our segregation program, we can in fact use the funds for other social service programs," Pamintuan said, as he urged locals to segregate their waste within their own homes.
Serious in making a point, Pamintuan said that the city will no longer collect garbage which is not segregated at source. The program also involves the creation of cluster segregation facilities for barangays in a bid to make sure that only residual waste is collected and forwarded to the transfer station.
Pamintuan said that the move will reduce the percentage of waste collection in the city to 21 percent as biodegradable waste is encouraged to be buried in household lots while recyclable wastes would be forward to junkshops for proper recycling.
The mayor, however, said that the program will not succeed overnight as it would take some time before locals would discipline themselves and follow the proper procedure.
"Segregation at source is the best solution we see now regarding our garbage problem and we hope to address this properly with the help of our local leaders and the people," Pamintuan said.
Pamintuan also warned that the city government will be strictly implementing the provisions of RA 9003 and City Ordinance No. 314 that fines people for not segregating their wastes. Violators will be fined from P100 to P3,000.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 01, 2014.