MMDA chief pushes use of high-tech incinerators

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METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino on Tuesday reiterated his call to Congress to amend the Clean Air Act to pave the way for the construction of incinerators and plants that would convert garbage into energy.

“It’s high time that Metro Manila and the Philippines consider the use of thermal technology, waste to energy as a state-of-the-art process to eliminate our problem with garbage,” Tolentino said during the Bulong Pulungan media forum at Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City (Metro Manila).

According to him, landfill systems like the one in San Mateo, Rizal, have outlived their usefulness and effectiveness and have become dangerous since they could explode anytime as these produce methane, a deadly chemical.

He said converting waste to energy is the right direction to take because incineration plants can easily convert garbage into electricity.


Tolentino cited as an example Sweden, which last year ran out of garbage and even had to import 800,000 tons of trash from the United Kingdom to run their incineration plants.
“They ran out of garbage. The same is true in Oslo, Norway. Just try to imagine. We will clean our esteros [creeks], we will clean our drainage systems, we will eliminate some of our perennial flooding problems. So we need to amend the Clean Air Act,” he said.

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  1. tolentino is just hyping the media. he should sit down and count the cost first before pushing for such an ambitious project that entails a lot to hurdle, most especially the greed of politicians who want to dip their dirty hands in the cookie jar! the idea is noble -but in philippine setting, such project would need lots of monies to complete and will also attract lots of greedy officials & politicians.