BACOLOD City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said Monday, August 28, the implementation of the “no segregation, no collection” policy is ready starting Friday, September 1.

Familiaran, chairman of the Solid Waste Action Team (Swat), said that with the policy in place, garbage collectors will not pick up unsegregated waste from households or business establishments.

He said the Swat members are intensifying the information and education campaign in all barangays.

“We will continue the distribution of flyers to inform our residents of the implementation of the waste segregation,” Familiaran added.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia had earlier ordered the creation of Swat along with the Solid Waste Enforcement and Educators Team, and the conduct of Waste Analysis Characterization Study.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources required the start of the implementation of waste segregation last month, but the Swat team asked for more time to prepare.

Familiaran said the households are not required to buy three garbage containers, but only a black plastic bag to separate the recyclable, compostable, and residual wastes.

He said they have a team to monitor the violators in various villages and to submit reports to the City Government.

Violators will be fined P500 to P1,000.

Familiaran also asked the assistance of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to help the City Government in information dissemination.

He said he held a meeting with the DILG personnel last Saturday because under the law the DILG has a role in supervising the villages.