Quezon City Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista has allowed the local government to proceed with the development of an integrated waste-to-energy facility as a bold step to address the city’s garbage problem.
The mayor gave the 38-member city council authority to forge a joint venture agreement with the private sector for the development of the city’s own waste-to-energy plant. The project is seen as vital in the city’s effort to avert a crisis in waste management with the impending closure of the landfill facility in Payatas in three years.
A resolution approved by the city council said the project should be compliant with the required laws and regulations including but not limited to the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000; Clean Air Act;
Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Act; Renewable Energy Act of 2008 and guidelines governing the establishment and operation of waste-to-energy technologies for municipal solid wastes.
The mayor has convened the city’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) Selection Committee which was tasked to oversee the pre-selection and selection of private sector proponents for PPP projects with solid waste management as one of the areas identified by the committee and as one of the projects that will be pursued by the city through PPP.
Bautista said the city government expects to earn additional revenue if the power or electricity generated from the soon-to-be-developed waste-to-energy facility is sold to electric companies. The facility is expected to generate 30 to 35 megawatts of power.
The money derived from the sale of power or electricity will be used to fund the construction of additional school buildings, health centers, hospitals and multi-purpose halls.
Bautista also expects a reduction in the electrical consumption of city government-owned facilities and properties with the development of the city’s new energy source.
The city government spent P1 billion annually for solid waste management which includes hauling services, post-closure care and maintenance of the Payatas controlled disposal facility, special operations and toxic/hazardous waste collection, treatment and disposal.
Quezon City generates about 2,000 to 3,000 tons of garbage daily.