OCENR adopts new waste collection strategies in ZC PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 10:27

by JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

The Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) has adopted several changes and strategies for waste collection and management in the City.

Over the past weeks, the OCENR has put into place waste management strategies geared towards increasing the frequency of waste collection and waste collection efficiency, reported City Environment Officer Engr. Reynaldo Gonzales on Monday, June 22.

To increase waste collection frequency and efficiency, new routes have been designed to collect as much waste in a single round.

From 22 routes, there are now 25 collection routes, and according to Gonzales, the new routes allow waste collection units to turn around at least three times in a particular area.

This is to ensure that all waste and trash are collected, especially those that are left behind after waste collection schedule.

Gonzales added the OCENR is also slowly adopting a night-shift schedule for waste collection, noting that waste collection is more convenient when done in the evening. In the last week, two waste collection units have begun following the night-shift schedule which ran from 9 PM to 3 AM.

In the meantime, the OCENR continues to coordinate with different barangays to iron out and finalize details and implementation of the proposed collection schedule.

Recycling performance is also a strategic priority, said Gonzalez. The City Government, through the OCENR, is currently maintaining several material recovery facilities (MRF), including the MRF at the old disposal site in Lumbangan which continues to be operational.

“There was closure of the disposal site [in Lumbangan] but not the material recover facility,” Gonzales clarified.

Additionally, the OCENR is eyeing the construction of a new MRF at the Salaan Sanitary Land Fill (SLF) to augment the recycling capacities of the City.

Gonzales also welcomes the participation of the private sector in potential waste management initiatives.

“While we are maintaining material recovery facilities (MRFs), we also welcome private sector participation when it comes to recycling,” he said.  — Jasmine Mohammadsali