Puerto Princesa intensifies waste management drive
The Puerto Princesa City government is intensifying its information and awareness campaign on waste management to gain public support in addressing the problem. Mary Ann Joylle Madriñan, City Environment and Natural Resources (City ENRO) senior environmental management specialist, said Thursday they are intensifying their education, information, and communications (IEC) campaign on waste management amid the pressing problem of the city’s solid waste. Madriñan said what aggravates the problem is the lack of segregation at source. The IEC is also to ensure that the solid waste generated from the house- holds and business establishments will not go beyond the capacity of the city landfill in Barangay Sta. Lourdes, she said.
In a recent campaign in Barangay Tiniguiban, Madriñan told residents that if there will be no waste segregation at the household level, the city”s sanitary landfill will last only until January 2019. “Baka by January hindi na ipa-operate ang landfill dahil puno na sya. Saan na natin dadalhin ang ating mga basura? Obligado na tayo lahat nyan na mag-zero waste. Napapanahon na para i-segregate na ng maayos ang basura,” she said. She said it is not easy to look for an alternative site for the new disposal facility once the landfill is already full and beyond its capacity. “Mag-isip na tayo ng paraan para mabawasan ang mga basurang tinatapon natin. Dapat ay residual waste na lang ang madadala sa landfill. Sa bahay pa lang ay magsimula na tayong mag-segregate, hindi na maghintay kay kapitan o kay kagawad na magpapatupad,” she said. Based on the Waste Analysis and Characterization (WACS) conducted in 2015, the city generated 50.6 percent of its waste as biodegradable, 23 percent is recyclable, and 0.4 percent are special wastes, while 26 percent are residual wastes. If only residual and special wastes are brought to the landfill, it will “certainly” prolong its lifespan, she said. Madriñan said that in urban areas, study shows that one person can generate a half kilo of waste per day. She said by refusing single-use plastics from the stores and using eco-friendly packaging solid waste volume will could significantly reduced.