THE construction of a transfer station within the Inayawan Sanitary Landfill is tantamount to reopening the facility.

This is the pronouncement of Cebu City Councilor Raymond Garcia after the City Council referred last Tuesday to the committee on laws a proposed ordinance apportioning one hectare inside the facility so that the City Government can have its own transfer station.

“This is just circumventing the closure order of the Court of Appeals (CA) because the facility will still be used everyday. We might be cited for contempt. This has a very slim chance of passing the committee,” he said.

Garcia, who chairs the committee, lamented that instead of “insisting the use of the landfill,” the City should convert it into something useful.

Councilor Eugenio Gabuya Jr., for his part, pointed out that the construction of a transfer station does not run counter to the CA’s order.

“The closure order is only on the operation of a landfill, but as far as the construction of a transfer station is concerned, I don’t think it is prohibited as long as we don’t dump there,” he said.

Gabuya, who authored the proposed legislation explained that should the ordinance be passed, an infrastructure will be built where trash will no longer have to be deposited on the lot, but directly transferred from truck-to-truck.

Having a City-owned transfer station will help lessen the contract price it has with Jomara Konstrukct Corp. (JKC), he added.

The City is paying JKC P1,375 per ton of garbage collected in all 80 barangays. This includes tipping fee, use of equipment, payment for the transfer station and the driver and loaders.

Of the amount, P200 per ton is paid to the owner of the transfer station JKC has entered into a deal with.

With JKC collecting some 500 tons of trash daily, passing the ordinance will help the City save P100,000 everyday, Gabuya said.

“The Inayawan Landfill is the ideal place because the proposed transfer station will be around the weighing scale. I assure the Team Rama councilors that I won’t be authoring a legislation that would cause the City trouble,” he said.