The Department of Energy (DOE) has approved the operation of a Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF) Processing Plant in Rizal to address constant garbage problem in the country.

According to DOE, the RDF facility, which will be operated the Green Alternative Technology Specialist Inc. (Gatsi), is designed to process municipal solid wastes (MSW) into pellets.

“The resulting RDF can be used as a substitute or co-fuel of coal,” the government agency said.

Earlier this month, Gatsi and DOE held a signing ceremony for a biomass operating contract, marking the formal commissioning of the RDF plant, which is the first of its kind registered with the Energy department.

Gatsi is a trilateral partnership among the International Solid Waste Integrated Management Specialist Inc. (Iswims), Cemex Philippines and Green Siam Resources Corp.
Iswims will supply the raw MSW for processing and Cemex will implement the technology required to consume the RDF at its Solid Cement plant in Antipolo, Rizal.

“The utilization of MSW for fuel production does not only reduce the amount of wastes needed to be disposed, but also lessens carbon dioxide emissions through displaced fossil fuel,” the energy department said.

“Projects like this prove that waste can also be a useful resource after treatment and at the same time helps preserve the environment,” DOE added.

To reduce the overall carbon footprint of the industry, the DOE encourages the use of more economical, environmental-friendly alternative fuels like RDF.