The country’s largest Refuse Derived Facility (RDF), which aims to address serious concerns on solid waste and its disposal in Pasig City (Metro Manila), has been officially launched by the local government.
According to Pasig Mayor Maribel Eusebio, the RDF plant is capable of processing about 600 tons of trash per day, almost equivalent to the city’s daily trash collection.
The facility runs by mechanically segregating waste and selecting garbage with high thermal value. About 25-35 percent of the processed waste become alternative fuel while the remaining organic waste are safely transferred to sanitary landfills.
These are shredded, pelletized and wrapped into bales for use as alternative fuel in cement plants, particularly those of the LaFarge Group in the Philippines.
A product of a long-standing partnership of Pasig City, IPM Construction & Development Corporation (IPM) and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the RDF also addresses climate change issues associated with how municipal wastes are managed.
The RDF facility also complies with the waste diversion requirement of Republic Act 9003 or Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.
The facility is majority-owned by Basic Environmental Systems & Technologies Inc. (BEST)—a subsidiary of listed Minerales Industrias Corp. (MIC)–and France-based Lafarge Industrial Ecology International.
IPM, meanwhile, will operate and manage the RDF Processing Facility.
Its president and MIC treasurer Isabelita Mercado said the Pasig RDF is the largest of its kind in the country to date, adding that it is one of the country’s pioneering efforts in practicing and adopting the Three Rs–Reuse, Reduce and Recycle–to help preserve the environment.
“This facility helps in saving the environment by reducing our dependence on fossil fuel,” Mercado said.
The co-processing of RDF from municipal solid waste for cement plants is an environment-friendly technology used in many countries.
The RDF serves as substitute fuel for cement kilns.
Use of trash instead of coal, addresses the twin issues of solid waste management and climate change.
Burning of coal as fuel is known as a major source of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute significantly to global warming.