OCENR defines guidelines for city’s sanitary landfill PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 March 2015 11:51

The Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) provided additional inputs to guide the upcoming operations of the Sanitary Landfill (SLF) in Salaan.

In a dialogue with the City Council earlier this week, the OCENR integrated the operational requirements and guidelines for the SLF, thereby updating and revising the pending Integrated Solid Waste Management Ordinance.

The operational requirements and guidelines for the SLF are based on RA 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000), an act which provides for an ecological solid waste management program, and creates the necessary institutional mechanisms and incentives.

According to RA 9003, sanitary landfills refer to a waste disposal site designed, constructed, operated and maintained in a manner that exerts engineering control over significant potential environment impacts arising from the development and operation of the facility.

In its operations, sanitary landfills should comply and maintain minimum operating requirements and equipment.    This includes, among others, the maintenance of disposal records, water quality monitoring of surface and ground waters and effluent, and gas emissions, signs and access roads, and liner systems and leachate collection and treatment system.

Personnel assigned to operate the site are also expected to be adequately trained and equipped with appropriate safety equipment.

The SLF is expected to begin operations by March 31. Its facilities are designed to provide mitigating measures to address the negative impacts of waste management. The SLF will have a series of liner systems and layers to prevent water contamination, collection and treatment facilities for leachate, perimeter fences, access roads, storm drainage facilities, and monitoring well facilities.

In anticipation of the operationalization of the SLF, the OCENR has begun last December the implementation of initial closure activities at the Lumbangan dumpsite. Additionally, personnel from the Lumbangan dumpsite will be tapped to man the SLF.

In the meantime, the OCENR continues to enjoin barangays to implement at their level a solid waste management system to handle segregation of garbage, the first step of the solid waste management process.

This ensures that only residual waste, materials which are not reused, recycled or composted, go to the landfill and in effect, lengthens the lifespan and operations of the landfill.

Facilitating the segregation to avoid filling up landfills too quickly are four Material Recovery Facilities in Sta. Cruz, Main Market, City Abattoir, and Lumbangan site.

A fifth MRF will be established within the SLF site. — Jasmine Mohammadsali