A PRIVATE consultancy company has started its multi-million-peso pre-feasibility study on the proposed establishment of a waste-to-energy (WTE) facility at the Inayawan landfill.

In an earlier report, Nida Cabrera, City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) head, said Mott MacDonald Group, a European company based in Singapore, is expected to start the pre-feasibility study this month.

They will also assist in reviewing 17 proposals from private firms on the WTE.

Early last year, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) appropriated at least $808,912 (an estimated P40 million) for the study. It is expected to run over the next nine months.

Representatives of the ADB met yesterday with Cabrera and Mayor Tomas Osmeña to discuss the status of the rehabilitation of the landfill.

“The pre-feasibility study will run for the next three months. The feasibility study itself will run on the next six months,” Cabrera said.

Cabrera said this will help the city improve its current solid waste management system since this a perennial problem, especially in the barangays.

“This will also help us come up with technology since we no longer have an operational landfill. This study will help guide the city,” she added.

Osmeña, for his part, said he’d prefer reliability and sustainability over the latest technology from the proponents to ensure an effective and improved waste management.

“With regards to what systems, who will operate our WTE system, I told them that we have two criteria. The highest criteria is reliability. Because once were engaged in a project, it will be very hard to change if it won’t start (work). Not the most advance system, but the most reliable one that we can work on,” he said. (RTF)