Better solid waste management

Whatever happened to the $47 million solid waste management plant that will be put up in Angeles City? Where is that ‘Waste 2 Worth’ facility that will address health and environmental issues?

 The facility, which is the first in the Philippines if it saw the light of day beyond press releases, will reportedly cut down the P100 million expenses of the city in the disposal of wastes. The city government then signed a joint venture agreement with Sure Global Waste to Worth Innovations (W2WI) for the establishment of a “Waste to Worth” (W2W) facility.

W2W is a project funded by the triad of Procter & Gamble (P&G), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC).

Is the city government really spending more than P100 million per year on garbage disposal? That’s a lot of moolah.

Mayoral bet Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin Jr. said he will pursue the creation of a sanitary landfill in Angeles City and to cut the huge expenses on garbage disposal. For a start, Pogi Lazatin will enforce the strict implementation of ordinance banning the use of plastic bags and styrofoam; and promote waste segregation at source.

Pogi Lazatin promises a “cleaner Angeles City” and expressed high hopes the city will emulate Singapore with regards to cleanliness.

The scarcity of landfill creates the existence of open dumpsites considered one of the many challenges that local government units in the Philippines face today. The generation, collection, transport and storage, processing and disposal of solid waste will address the issues of the environment, public health, conservation, economics, and aesthetic beauty of our surroundings. With Pogi Lazatin at the helm, we can only expect better things to come.

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