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.