“Who said there is no money in garbage?” Quezon City administrator Victor Endriga asked, as the city government rejected a proposal made by Taiwan’s capital of Taipei that offered to buy the city’s 1,200 metric tons of garbage generated daily.
Endriga said he and Mayor Herbert Bautista, along with Garry Domingo of the Business Permit and Licensing Office met with business tycoon Manny Pangilinan to thresh out details of a plan to put up a waste-to-energy plant somewhere in Barangay Payatas or Barangay Bagong Silangan near San Mateo, Rizal.
Pangilinan had suggested building a state-of-the-art waste-to-energy facility worth between P7 billion to P10 billion to provide environmentally safe and cost-effective garbage disposal. The facility will also generate 45 megawatts of electricity a day and the site will be developed into a highly commercialized area, just like Taiwan, Korea and Japan.
“Pangilinan is very much interested to pilot the project proposal. He has asked the mayor to expedite negotiations,” Domingo said.
On the other end Endriga said they went to Taipei sometime November last year and met with the business operators of waste-to-energy plants. Some of them had offered to buy the city’s trash in January 2014.
Taiwan is presently experiencing a garbage shortage, he said.
“The country is in need badly of wastes. Despite Taiwan’s attractive offer, our trash is not for sale,” he added.
The China Steel Corp. is one of the two firms interested to buy the city’s garbage, he said.
“We will be needing more garbage once a major waste-to-energy project pushes through,” he stressed.
At least two of Taiwan’s energy plants have already closed because of garbage shortage.