July 16, 2024

Biodegradable wastes such as leftover food and animal excrements will not be collected by the Solid Waste Management Division (SWMD) as these should be composted and managed at the household level or in the barangay.

General Services Officer Eugene Buyuccan said the Environment Code and Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 provides that biodegradable wastes shall be the sole responsibility of the household or the barangay. 

Buyuccan reminded the public to adhere to the campaign of the city government to reduce waste production by reusing and recycling non-biodegradables and composting of biodegradables.

He said the SWMD only collects properly segregated biodegradable wastes from the public market but not from the households since the Environment Recycling System machines has been already decommissioned last year after reaching its maximum operability.

“Households and business owners should manage their food waste and other biodegradables within their premises to avoid leachate which may compromise our clean and green campaign,” he said.

He hopes waste segregation at source will become the norm to also reduce the amount of waste being dealt with at the waste transfer station in Dontogan which somehow delays the hauling of residuals into an engineered sanitary landfill in Capas, Tarlac.

“We all want an efficient residual waste collection but if our residents and visitors are not cooperating by properly segregating their waste, it will affect our efficiency in serving all the 129 barangays of the city,” Buyuccan said.

He said there are some barangays who fail to educate their constituents on proper waste segregation particularly on dog excrements which are included at residual waste collection areas.

“Dog or animal waste are biodegradables and this shall be managed or composted by the owner of the pet within their properties as responsible pet owners. We need self-discipline. If that animal excrement is brought to the transfer station, it will only add to foul odor,” he said.

He reiterated, “When we generate waste, we should be responsible in managing it.” – Jessa Mardy Samidan