BACOLOD City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said on Thursday, September 28, that penalties will imposed to those who are not complying with the “no segregation, no collection” policy starting the middle of October.

Familiaran, chairman of Solid Waste Action Team (Swat), said they already finished the information and education campaign in all 61 barangays and the schedule of the garbage collection was also distributed to the barangay officials.

“We will not issue a warning anymore because we already gave enough time

to the barangays for the compliance of waste segregation. We will issue a penalty to the violators,” he said.

Violators will be fined from P500 to P1,000.

Familiaran said trash hauler IPM-Construction Development Corp. (IPM-CDC) will not collect unsegregated wastes.

“It is long overdue, and it is the time for the city to implement waste segregation,” he said.

Familiaran added they expect 90 percent compliance with waste segregation, but it’s unfortunate that until now less than 10 percent of the residents and establishments are complying.

The IPM-CDC will collect biodegradable waste every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, and non-biodegradable waste every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Meanwhile, the City Government will distribute the shredding machines to various barangays on Monday.

Familiaran said the 14 units of shredder machines will be given out to Barangays 30, Cabug, Pahanocoy, Handumanan, Sum-ag, Felisa, Granada, Mandalagan, Taculing, and Alangilan as well as to the city’s three major public markets.

Familiaran said the City Agriculture Office will also get one shredder machine.

He said the biodegradable waste will be shredded to be used for organic farming.

The vice mayor added that by next year, the City Government will purchase additional shredder machines to accommodate other barangays who are willing to host shredders.