STARTING Oct. 16, the Department of Public Services (DPS) of the Cebu City Government will implement a new schedule for garbage collection in the 80 barangays.
Garbage will be collected daily only from 5 p.m. to 12 midnight for the first shift, and from 12 midnight to 7 a.m. for the second shift.
Organic or biodegradable wastes like food leftovers, paper and leaves, among other others, will be collected every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Non-biodegradable wastes such as plastics, glass, metals and residual wastes like rags, diapers and sanitary napkins will be collected every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
The DPS has yet to announce what day special wastes will be collected since it will be supervised by the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Special wastes include consumer electronics, cellular phones and busted lamps, among others.
The DPS used to collect garbage from 4 a.m. to 12 noon and from 4 p.m. to 12 midnight.
John Paul Gelasque of DPS said that household owners can only bring their wastes to designated areas in each barangay during collection hours.
Those who will violate the policy and will not follow the new schedule of garbage disposal, including the dumping of unsegregated trash, will be penalized, Gelasque warned.
“Many of our residents are thinking that our garbage collection is 24 hours. But it’s not, we have a schedule that they need to follow,” Gelasque said.
He said they are already coordinating with the office of former councilor Nida Cabrera for the deployment of Barangay Environmental Officers (BEO) who will be tasked to apprehend those who violate the garbage disposal policy.
Gelasque said the new garbage collection schedule will lessen concerns on traffic congestion and will make the city look clean the whole day.
He admitted that some of the City’s garbage trucks contribute to congestion on the roads since it stops along main thoroughfares to collect garbage.
At present, DPS has 33 garbage trucks and five compactor trucks that collect garbage in the barangays.
When the new schedule takes effect, Gelasque said they can already spend the whole day to spray deodorizer and cover the garbage at the Inayawan Sanitary Landfill. They can also work on the access road inside the landfill during the day.
Also, the DPS will no longer allow scavengers to get inside the landfill when there is no schedule of dumping of wastes in the area.