THE city government is set to establish its first solid waste compacting site in a 1,000 square meter land in Barangay Lamtang, La Trinidad, Benguet to effectively handle the city’s daily garbage of more than 2,000 tons daily.
This land-locked mountain resort spends millions of pesos in proper disposal of its solid wastes for almost a decade now due to absence of engineered sanitary landfill (ESL) as required by law.
Due to Supreme Court’s “writ of kalikasan” (temporary environment protection order) against Baguio for further use of the former open dumpsite, the city has embarked on various technical solutions to its waste disposal which included the purchase and use of a P12 million composting machines imported from Japan two years ago.
City Mayor Mauricio Domogan said the titled land will be bought by the city from the private landowner once the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will approve the city’s move to develop the place as its garbage staging and sorting area, as well as the compacting process.
The compacted wastes shall in turn be shipped to an ESL in Pangasinan Province.
Earlier, Mayor Edna Tabanda of La Trinidad, Benguet through the media expressed his disapproval of Baguio’s move without consultations with the people of her municipality.
Domogan however said that they will talk to Mayor Tabanda once the DENR approves the city’s plan on how to make use of the site for its solid waste management.
Unlike previous site where the the garbage sorting area was near schools and residential houses, the new proposed garbage processing site is far from any residential community.
Mayor Domogan said Baguio is determined to come up with all the solutions to its garbage problems which was already became an urban concern and problem over the past eight years. PNA