Garbage doubled during the Holy Week

BAGUIO City General Services officer Eugene Buyucan is expecting garbage after the holy week to double.

Buyucan said overtime for field workers were ordered as well as the formation of a quick response team for problems related to garbage for the duration of the holy week.

Garbage from tourists flocking to parks and destinations is expected to add on to the already ballooning waste average of the mountain city.

At present, there are a dozen dump trucks and two compactors the GSO contents itself with to haul out over 400 tons of garbage a day.

Buyucan said the ideal number of trucks for the garbage capacity of the city is pegged at 25 trucks.

The City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) reports on regular days, there are six tons of garbage collected by two trucks plying twice a day, on peak days garbage is seen to double with 12 tons of garbage collected.

CEPMO has advocated for a “Garbage in, Garbage out” policy for visitors, advising park goers to bring with them trash and not to litter a plea which has fallen on deaf ears.

In the 2018 budget, there is an allotment for four dump trucks to add to the force of the GSO to support the goal of a two-truck system to collect biodegradable and non-bio degradable waste.

Budget deliberations in the city council has approved a P92M allotment for garbage for this calendar year.

The cost includes hauling of the city’s residual waste, purchase of trucks as information and education campaign set for this year to advocate segregation at source.

Buyucan said the city has been hauling garbage to Urdaneta, Pangasinan saving at least P17M from the former deal in Tarlac.

The city produces 162 tons of residual waste daily which is collected and hauled with a cost of P935.50 per ton and a tipping fee of P550.
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