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P12 million central MRF
eyed in dumpsite area

A central materials recovery facility worth P12 million will be installed by the Dumaguete City government at its garbage dumpsite in Barangay Candau-ay.

Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria said the city decided to forego an earlier plan to establish MRFs in each of its 30 barangays, worth P3 million each, and instead put up a huge MRF.

The decision was reached after a feasibility study on the alternative solution to the growing problem of garbage disposal in the city, he added.

He said the idea of establishing MRFs in every barangay is aimed at reducing the volume of garbage so that wastes are segregated at source and residents earn from recyclable and reusable materials, while only residual wastes will be brought to the dumpsite by multi-cabs to be issued to the barangays.

But city planners have expressed concern that multi-cabs may bog down and will have to go back to the city for repairs as the barangays lack funds for their upkeep and maintenance.

Sagarbarria, meanwhile, said the city has received several closure orders from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, so it is doing its best to comply with requirements before the final closure of the dumpsite.

He said a sanitary land fill is a thing of the past, especially in the absence of a suitable location, so the city is coming up with a more modern solution that is economical.

With the MRF, garbage by-products can be processed into organic fertilizers, while plastic bags can be turned into feed stocks by sugar mills and other industries with the use of boilers, Sagarbarria said.

He said two shredder machines are operating at the dumpsite and the shredded plastic bags are stocked for future use as mixture in the production of hollow blocks or tiles.*JG


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