Urdaneta next to Bolinao to have sanitary landfill

September 5, 2009 at 8:56 am Leave a comment

URDANETA CITY -– If Urdaneta City succeeds in establishing a sanitary landfill in December, it will be the second local government unit to have the facility.

Mayor Amadeo Perez Jr. said the city is securing a bank loan of P220 million to finance sanitary landfill which is required by the Republic Act 9003 or the solid waste management law.

Perez said P10 million to P15 million will be used to purchase a 10-hectare lot, right of way for the access road and other improvements, while the rest of the money will be for the establishment of the landfill system.

If the plan pushes through, the city would be the second local government unit in Pangasinan to have a sanitary landfill, the first being Bolinao.

Brunner Caranza, municipal planning and development coordinator of Bolinao, patterned the design of the town’s landfill from Fukuoka method, a technology in Japan .
The technology local materials like used tires, bamboos, waste drums and sand.

“It is really expensive to put up a sanitary landfill, which is why we had to use local materials to fit our budget,” he said.

The structure of the Fukuoka Method is very simple, low cost and low maintenance, the decomposition is fast and sanitary and leachate treatment is easier.

While other LGUs are having difficulty in establishing sanitary landfill in their areas because of opposition from residents, Bolinao did not go through such problem.

“Maybe because the residents did not know what a sanitary landfill is,” Caranza said.

A sanitary landfill is a method of solid waste disposal in which refuse is buried between layers of dirt so as to fill in or reclaim low-lying ground.

One of the problems encountered by LGUs who wanted to put up their own facility is the “not-in-mybackyard mentality” with villages refusing to host landfills. Most towns also refused to offer sites for landfills that could cater to several towns.

Perez said the city is decided on establishing a facility because he did not want Urdaneta to suffer the experience of Baguio City.

He said Baguio dumps its solid waste in Capas City in Tarlac and has to spend P180 million yearly to transport the wastes, excluding handling expenses.

Perez said the proposed facility in Urdaneta, which could also accept wastes from neighboring towns for a fee, could last up to 30 years.

The city has bought a machine and signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Science and Technology for the manufacture of tiles out of plastic.

It also signed a MOA with the Department of Agriculture for the manufacture of organic fertilizer out of biodegradable wastes.

The fee collected from other towns and proceeds from the tile and organic fertilizer production would be used for the loan amortization, he said.

Everyday, Urdaneta collects 75-80 tons of solid wastes from eight barangays and the market sites. The other villages can still maintain their own garbage pits, he said.

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