April 14, 2024

The Environmental Management Bureau underscored the importance of involving the community in solid waste management.

EMB-Cordillera Senior Environmental Management Specialist Mark Anthony Solano said local government units are mandated to manage wastes in their jurisdiction, but it is also advised to partner with non-government organizations for alternative means of managing wastes.

Involving the community is the most significant aspect in managing and handling waste, Solano said.

“We want that the community will operate the MRF so that members of the community will feel that they are part of solid waste management,” he said. 

This year, the EMB-Cordillera is pushing for communities to manage the designated materials recovery facility (MRF) in their area.

An MRF is a structure where recyclable wastes are stored or processed, and then sold to junk shops to generate additional revenue for the LGU.

“We want that the community will ope-rate the MRF so that members of the community will feel that they are part of solid waste management,” he said.

He said based on EMB data, the daily waste generation in Baguio City increased by 24.52 percent in 2023 compared to 2022.

Solano said this is partly due to lifestyle, wherein online shopping has become the trend. Items shopped online are often wrapped with layers of plastic and bubble wrap, increasing the volume of wastes.

Solano reminded the public to follow the laws and ordinances on proper waste management.

He said everyone should take responsibility for their waste and practice the three Rs – reduce, reuse, and recycle. – Debbie E. Gasingan