Le­garda: Let’s Aim for Zero Waste Econ­omy

Sun.Star Pampanga - - STORIES! - BY REY­NALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Reporter

MA­BAL­A­CAT

CITY---In ob­ser­vance of Zero Waste Month, Se­na­tor Loren Le­garda to­day re­newed her call for ev­ery­one’s con­tri­bu­tion to strictly ob­serve and im­ple­ment Repub­lic Act 9003 or the Eco­log­i­cal Solid Waste Man­age­ment (ESWM) Law and aim for a zero waste econ­omy.

Le­garda, prin­ci­pal au­thor of RA 9003, said that eco­log­i­cal solid waste man­age­ment should be a way of life.

“We have a very good law but ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion rests in the ef­fort of ev­ery­one. Lo­cal govern­ment units (LGUs), in­clud­ing the barangays, should lead strict im­ple­men­ta­tion by set­ting up ma­te­ri­als re­cov­ery fa­cil­ity (MRF), im­ple­ment­ing no seg­re­ga­tion/no col­lec­tion rule, clo­sure and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of open/con­trolled dis­posal fa­cil­ity, use of san­i­tary landfill or al­ter­na­tive tech­nol­ogy, and sub­mis­sion of 10year solid waste man­age­ment plan,” she ex­plained.

The Se­na­tor added that the whole com­mu­nity should be in­volved and ev­ery house­hold should im­ple­ment seg­re­ga­tion at source and prac­tice the 3Rs— re­duce, re­use, re­cy­cle.

Le­garda shared how seg­re­ga­tion at source can be done.

Ev­ery house­hold should have one trash can for biodegrad­able and food waste; one trash can for re­cy­clables or resid­ual waste; and an­other for spe­cial or haz­ardous waste, busted lamps, ra­dio and cell­phone bat­ter­ies. For

pa­per that can be re­cy­cled, these can be placed flat in a box or in a pa­per bag.

When go­ing to mar­ket or the gro­cery, bring con­tain­ers to avoid us­ing plas­tic bags. Reusable con­tain­ers can be used in pur­chas­ing fish, meat and other poul­try prod­ucts; while bay­ong and reusable cloth bags can be used for dry items.

“To our lo­cal lead­ers from the pro­vin­cial, city and mu­nic­i­pal lev­els down to the barangay, greater ac­tion is ex­pected as they are tasked to im­ple­ment the law. It is the barangay that must col­lect all seg­re­gated waste, which should go to the barangay MRF for proper waste man­age­ment,” Le­garda ex­plained.

Biodegrad­able waste goes to com­post­ing, an­i­mal feeds or bio­gas; while re­cy­clables go to the junk shops. Only resid­ual waste should be col­lected by the city or mu­nic­i­pal truck.

Mean­while, spe­cial or haz­ardous waste will go tothecity/mu­nic­i­palMRF­for­prop­ertreat­men­tor dis­posal in co­or­di­na­tion with the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Bureau (EMB).

“We can also pre­cy­cle by avoid­ing buy­ing un­nec­es­sary goods, re­pair­ing elec­tron­ics and ap­pli­ances, and pa­tron­iz­ing re­cy­cled prod­ucts,” she said.

“A zero waste life­style may seem dif­fi­cult at first es­pe­cially since many are not yet used to it, but let us take it as a sim­ple sac­ri­fice that would make our sur­round­ings cleaner, safer and health­ier,” Le­garda con­cluded.

Chris Navarro

DILG-3 As­sis­tant Ca­pa­bil­ity De­vel­op­ment Di­vi­sion Chief Jayson Ju­maquiao (L) and Re­gional Fo­cal Per­son Katherene Erni­ube (R) turn over the P3-mil­lion check from the PCF 2016 to San Si­mon Trea­surer Roel Many­acup to be used for the con­struc­tion of a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ter that would ben­e­fit some 1,000 in­di­vid­u­als in the town. -

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