Celso inspects phase 1 sanitary landfill project PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 June 2013 11:14

The City’s sanitary landfill project (SLF) which will serve as the final waste disposal facility is now 65-70% complete and is expected to be operational on or before the end of this year.

Mayor Celso Lobregat together with Councilor Eddie Saavedra, Councilor-elect BG Guingona, City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engr. Rey Gonzales, City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos, City Engineer Luis Despalo and Salaan barangay officials on Wednesday did an onsite inspection to look into the progress of the P65 million project and to check if it is undertaken based on specifications.

“This is phase I or cell 1 (of SLF) covers around 2 hectares and it is now 65-70% complete. This will have a lifespan of about 2-3 years”, Lobregat told mediamen during an interview at the SLF site.

Located in Salaan, 15 kilometers east of this City, the SLF is designed, constructed, operated and maintained in a manner that exerts engineering controls to mitigate significant potential environmental impacts arising from the development and operation of the facility.

The first phase includes the detailed design of the entire sanitary landfill facility and the construction of some of the operation facilities such as landfill area/ waste retaining facility, liner facility, leachate collection facility and leachate treatment facility.

The other management and supporting facilities which are up for bidding are the construction of drainage system, road, fence, administrative office and equipment/repair bay and guardhouse at SLF, gas venting and ground monitoring wells.

The SLF has a total land area of 10.6 hectares that would accommodate the City’s solid waste disposal for at least 10 years. It shall include all associated infrastructures, support facilities and phased development of landfill cells with associated engineering and environmental management system, at least one cell for the disposal of solid waste with approximately 240,000 cubic meters of void space (minimum) for waste (excluding cover materials) based on an estimated average waste disposal/ input of 200 tons per day and compacted density of o.75 tons/ cubic meter.

OCENR Chief Engr. Gonzales said the present Lumbangan dumpsite will be closed as soon as the SLF is operational. — Sheila Covarrubias