LGUs urged to pre­pare for in­creased garbage

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THE DEPART­MENT of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (DENR) is urg­ing lo­cal of­fi­cials to plan ahead on how to man­age in­creased vol­ume of garbage this com­ing sum­mer sea­son.

“Lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials should am­plify their mea­sures in man­ag­ing wastes par­tic­u­larly in tourism sites as we ex­pect an in­creased vol­ume of garbage with the ar­rival of tourists this sum­mer sea­son,” En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary Roy Ci­matu said.

Ci­matu said lo­cal of­fi­cials should put more trash bins in tourist sites to en­cour­age proper waste dis­posal. He also ap­pealed to tourists to be re­spon­si­ble for their wastes and avoid lit­ter­ing es­pe­cially along the shore­lines and in the wa­ters.

“We do not want the same sit­u­a­tion in

Bo­ra­cay Is­land to hap­pen to other va­ca­tion sites. LGUs should be keen in mon­i­tor­ing waste is­sues in their ar­eas of ju­ris­dic­tion. Seg­re­ga­tion ac­tiv­i­ties should be strictly im­ple­mented. Tourists should also throw their garbage only in des­ig­nated trash bins,” Ci­matu em­pha­sized.

RA 9003 or the Eco­log­i­cal Solid Waste Man­age­ment Act of 2000 man­dates the seg­re­ga­tion of solid wastes which in­cludes the or­der that LGUs shall di­vert at least 25 per­cent of all solid waste dis­posal fa­cil­i­ties through use, re­cy­cling and com­post­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and other re­source re­cov­ery ac­tiv­i­ties. Un­der the law, wastes should be seg­re­gated as ‘com­postable,’ ‘non­re­cy­clable,’ ‘re­cy­clable’, ‘resid­ual waste’ and other ap­pro­pri­ate clas­si­fi­ca­tions.

Com­postable wastes or biodegrad­able wastes are wastes that can be bro­ken down to non-poi­sonous sub­stances through the nat­u­ral ac­tion of micro­organ­isms. These in­clude food wastes and soiled pa­per and wood. Sim­i­larly, resid­ual wastes are wastes that are non-biodegrad­able, non-com­postable and non-re­cy­clable.

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Bureau (EMB) said resid­ual wastes should be dis­posed through a longterm dis­posal fa­cil­ity or san­i­tary land­fill. Resid­ual wastes in­clude among oth­ers San­i­tary nap­kins, dis­pos­able di­a­pers, worn-out rugs, car­tons with plas­tic lin­ing used for milk and juice con­tain­ers, ce­ram­ics, candy wrap­pers or sa­chets and other soiled ma­te­ri­als that can­not be com­posted and re­cy­cled.

Mean­while, re­cy­clable wastes are waste ma­te­ri­als that can still be con­verted for ben­e­fi­cial use. Some of these are news­pa­per, fer­rous scrap metal, non-fer­rous scrap metal, cor­ru­gated card­board, alu­minum glass, glass, of­fice pa­per, and tin cans.

Im­proper waste dis­posal es­pe­cially along the shore­lines af­fects ma­rine life. Plas­tic prod­ucts like PET bot­tles, candy wrap­pers sando bags and the like pose a threat to ma­rine life that are prone to mis­take plas­tic trash as food.

As in­creased tourist ar­rivals lead to a sharp rise in waste gen­er­a­tion, Ci­matu said LGUs in tourist cities should strictly en­force seg­re­ga­tion of wastes to avoid en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems such as un­col­lected garbage and soil con­tam­i­na­tion among oth­ers.

Ci­matu said the DENR can pro­vide tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance and sup­port to LGUs in terms of de­vel­op­ment of solid waste man­age­ment plans. DENR Re­lease

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