THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) together with La Trinidad officials are set to conduct an inspection of the Cell III sanitary landfill at Alno, before it becomes fully operational.
Mayor Romeo Salda said passing the qualification standards after the inspection the environment office will give the valley clearance to utilize the landfill.
"The inspection will give us clearance to operate," he said.
The P5.5 million Cell III is not yet finished, according to engineering department.
Municipal Environment and Natural Resources (MENR) Officer Art Pedro said the municipality has to comply with the standards set by the DENR – EMB.
"We have to comply with the Environmental Compliance Certificate requirements such as the cleaning of the pond, canal and presence of other heavy equipment," Pedro said.
An ECC is a document issued by DENR/EMB certifying that based on the representations of the proponent, the proposed project or undertaking will not cause significant negative environmental impact. Projects that pose potential significant impact to the environment are required to secure ECCs.
Pedro added after compliance, and passing the inspection, DENR-EMB will issue a Notice to Operate.
"We hope that before January ends, we can comply with everything. Anyway, the municipal engineering office intends to fast track the compliance before operations," Pedro added.
La Trinidad is spending close P2 million monthly to haul garbage.