A FEW months from now, the current landfill at Upper Dagong in Barangay Carmen will be closed, the City Local Environment and Natural Resources (Clenro) said.

Clenro chief Edwin Dael said the landfill has been suggested for closure since 2006, but Mayor Oscar Moreno is pushing the closure the soonest.

“It has caused a lot of violations under Republic Act 9003. It is an open dumpsite where it welcomes dangers to the nearby villages. The air that the people breathe around is unsafe because there is too much methane [gas],” Dael said.

The project is under the Solid Waste Management Board (SWMB) headed by Xavier University president, Fr. Roberto Yap, SJ.

SWMB Technical Working Group (TWG) is looking into two particular places where a sanitary landfill will be put up, either in barangays Baikingon or Pagatpat.

A sanitary landfill, described by Dael, will involve engineering structures where methane, the main gas that dumpsite produces, is collected properly in a huge container.

There is also proper placement of leachate which will be converted to energy from the treatment pond.

Leachate is the liquid secretions of the compressed garbage in the landfill.

The transfer of the current landfill to the area and its construction will take a year and a half, Dael said.

“While they are going to transfer the whole landfill, we are also looking into letting the leachate evaporate or dissipate using proper methods," he said.

It can be recalled that Moreno included the landfill issue in his annual report last June 15 during the city’s Charter Day.

He asked from the people of the city support for the project in spite its difficulty.

The TWG social engineering department has also looked into the preparation of the work displacement of those who are depending on the landfill for income.

"They do not need to worry about their work since TWG has looked into that as part of the major overhaul of the landfill," he said.