Val­ley to uti­lize shred­ding ma­chines

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Lauren Alimondo Sun*Star Re­porter

LA TRINIDAD is tak­ing huge steps to lessen its garbage.

The Benguet cap­i­tal town is push­ing for the uti­liza­tion of shred­ders that turn garbage into

small pieces within the different barangays.

“The shred­ding ma­chine gears to lessen the vol­ume of the garbage and fur­ther ex­pand the life of cell of the Alno En­gi­neered San­i­tary Land­fill,” Mayor Romeo Salda said af­ter a demon­stra­tion was con­ducted to test the ca­pa­bil­ity of the shred­ders.

A to­tal of three shred­ders was pre­vi­ously given to barangays Pobla­cion and Tawang amount­ing to P700,000 each and Ala­pang worth P600,000 pro­vided by the lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

Tested last Thurs­day, the shred­ders can have pulverized plas­tics, co­conut husks and sty­ro­foam in­clud­ing non-biodegrad­able ma­te­ri­als which is op­er­ated ei­ther by gaso­line or elec­tric­ity.

Dur­ing the demon­stra­tion, a to­tal of 19.5 kilo­grams of non-biodegrad­able ma­te­ri­als where shred­ded within 24 min­utes.

Mu­nic­i­pal Ac­coun­tant Hen­son Golo­can said dur­ing a site visit in La­guna where the shred­ders are orig­i­nally made, one shred­der can ac­com­mo­date one ton for eight hours.

An­other type of ma­chine can also ac­com­mo­date five tons for every eight hours but pricier.

An­other three shred­ders have been or­dered for Puguis, Wan­gal and Ba­hong , added Golo­can.

Barangay Ala­pang Cap­tain Rolando Leon claimed they are col­lect­ing a to­tal of 10-15 kilo­grams of plas­tics every fourth Sun­day of the month as they uti­lized the shred­ded plas­tics for land­scap­ing pur­pose, flower pots and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of the barangay vol­un­tar­ily con­ducted by women and se­nior cit­i­zens.

Through an ap­proved or­di­nance, Leon men­tioned the col­lected plas­tic are in ex­change of gro­ceries such as packed noo­dles and can goods. More­over, the barangay also at­tempted to in­cor­po­rate the shred­ded ma­te­rial mixed with sand and ce­ment to turn into hol­low blocks.

La Trinidad’s Mu­nic­i­pal En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice noted a to­tal of 30 tons of non-biodegrad­able ma­te­ri­als every day.

On May 1, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity also fully im­ple­mented the plas­tic ban or­di­nance reg­u­lat­ing the use of plas­tic in the town.

Salda added for the up­com­ing months, they will see the to­tal im­pact of the or­di­nance and fur­ther use this as de­cid­ing fac­tor to avail for an­other shred­der ma­chine.

Photo by Milo Brioso

PULVERIZED. To lessen the vol­ume of garbage in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of La Trinidad and ex­pand the cell life of the en­gi­neered san­i­tary land­fill, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment is keen on pro­vid­ing shred­der ma­chines to every barangays.

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