City’s P75M sanitary landfill facility in Salaan opens today PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 11:46

After almost six years in the making, the city government’s Sanitary Landfill Facility (SLF) worth P75 million in Barangay Salaan finally starts operation today shortly after Mayor Beng Climaco presides over a simple turnover program at the site.

Engr. Reynaldo Gonzales, department of the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) announced this during the weekly press briefing with the chief executive in City Hall yesterday morning.

However, Engr. Gonzales said the disposal of wastes at the newly completed SLF will be gradual, especially during its first week of operation.

“All waste collection vehicles of the city government can now dispose of the garbage at the Salaan SLF, but some dump trucks have still to dispose of their collected garbage at the old dumpsite in Lumbangan for resource or material recovery, after which the residuals will be hauled to the new facility in Salaan. That’s how the initial process would be,” Gonzales told the press briefing.

To recall, the Salaan SLF started during the second term of former mayor now Congressman Celso Lobregat.

The facility and all its component infrastructures including a material recovery facility (MRF) were initially estimated to cost the city government a total of P300 million through continuing appropriations. The MRF, however, is still under construction

The Salaan SLF, minus the MRF, cost the city government a total of P75 million on staggered appropriations, of which P65 million was spent for the construction of one out of four wastes disposal cells, lining facility, leachate collection and treatment facility. The other project components worth P10 million consisted of the site development, administration building, roads, perimeter fence and drainage system.

The sanitary landfill has a total area of 10.6 hectares and will consist of four cells, which can accommodate this city’s solid waste disposal for a 10-year period. The first completed cell can be filled up in three years time, providing sufficient time for the construction of the second cell. — Vic Larato