Northern LGUs seal sanitary land fill use
San Carlos City’s nearby municipalities such as Calatrava and Toboso recently inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the city government allowing them to use the city’s sanitary landfill for dumping residual wastes.
San Carlos City Gerardo Valmayor Jr. led the signing with Calatrava Mayor Araceli Somosa and Toboso Mayor Richard Jaojoco.
According to Mayor Somosa, Calatrava sealed a contract with San Carlos since the municipality is still in the process of purchasing the lot for its waste disposal site.
Meanwhile, Mayor Jaojoco cited that Toboso is barely capable of establishing its own waste facility for now, thus, the renewed contract.
The tipping fee as specified in the MOA costs at P1,000 per ton of residual waste.
In 2017, San Carlos City Environment Management Office (CEMO) noted that the Municipality of Calatrava dumped some 23 tons of residual wastes while Toboso generated four tons of trash.
Engr. Arthur Batomalaque, head of the Integrated Waste Management/Pollution Control Division of CEMO underscored that of the 19 tons of garbage collected in San Carlos every day, only 35 percent or 6.27 tons of residual wastes go to the landfill due to implementation of waste segregation. With this, San Carlos City continues to accommodate the wastes of its neighboring areas.
Batomalaque added that “San Carlos City Eco-Center has three cells with a capacity of 215,615.30 cubic meter or an estimated 37,732 tons per cell which could last up to 20 years.”
Republic Act 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, prohibits the use of open dump sites for solid waste which is hazardous to the environment. (JSC/LML/PIA6 Negros Occidental)