A NEW garbage collection scheme will start next week to intensify public participation in cleaning the environment and proper disposal of garbage.

Engineer Raul Gallo, chief of the Office of Public Services (OPS), reported to City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog on August 2 to disclose the new and modified garbage collection system in this city.

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Mabilog has instructed the OPS to intensify garbage collection after noting that many garbage mounts remained uncollected for several days in several city areas, some even in designated collection points of the barangays.

Gallo said the collection system will encourage the villagers to deliver their garbage personally to the collection trucks at a scheduled hour of collection in designated points in their respective barangays.

There will be 18 trucks complete with jingle music and public address system to be fielded in the city proper barangays from 4-7 p.m. to announce the collection.

The central business district here will be fielded with more garbage collection trucks.

There will be no more material recovery facility (MRF) for dumping and leaving of garbage but the people themselves will have to bring out their already segregated garbage to the trucks.

Gallo said it is everybody's responsibility to segregate their own garbage.

Gallo said they are going to distribute flyers to the barangays to announce the time schedule of pick-up that will include recyclable garbage collection on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and biodegradable wastes on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The Gallo team composed of Engr. Neil Ravena and Salome Villamor of the OPS will soon meet with barangay officials to inform them of the new collection system.

The city generates more than 200 metric tons of solid wastes everyday and some 170 metric tons of garbage are delivered to the city's Calajunan dumpsite in Mandurriao district. (Lydia C. Pendon)