Rio Tuba Nickel (RTN) is first in the mining industry to implement the use of DoST’s bioreactor that converts biodegradable wastes into organic fertilizers and soil conditioners.
RTN, a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC), adopts this innovative soil conditioning technology through DoST’s technology transfer program.
According to DoST project Supervisor, Dr. Myra Tansengco, Ph.D., the principle behind the bioreactor developed by DoST-ITDI is to promote efficient solid waste management practices in the communities to comply with RA9003.
“RTN is the first mining company to use the fertilizer and soil conditioner from this bioreactor for their rehabilitation programs and for use in the communities,” says Dr. Tansengco.
The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 or RA 9003 was signed into law in 2001. It is the legal framework for a systematic, comprehensive, and ecological solid waste management program in the Philippines.
Almost 20 years after RA9003 became a law, the challenge continues to be on how to enforce proper waste segregation in the communities.
Engr. David Herrera, senior science specialist at the DoST, explains that the challenge is still for the barangay-level folks to be able to visualize how solid waste can be useful, for the individual and for the community as a whole, in order for them to be really serious about waste segregation.
“We are banking on RTN’s community relations competency. I believe that if the barangay folks can distinctly understand how wastes are converted into useful materials, waste segregation will be easy to enforce,” explains Engr. Herrera.