‘Tipping’ fees for Boracay garbage collection mulled

Scavengers sift through piles of garbage dumped on a hillside in the central Philippine resort island of Boracay. AFP

BORACAY ISLAND – The Municipal Solid Waste Management Board (MSWMB) has urged the local government to pass an ordinance on tipping charges for garbage collected in Malay, Aklan and Boracay Island to help the sustainability of solid waste management operations.

The collection of tipping fee is part of the town’s cost-recovery mechanism program for solid waste management.

Town councilor Jupiter Aelred Gallenero said the transaction fees of P10 per kilo of regular waste and P670 per kilo of toxic waste are proposed for the Malay eco-center sanitary landfill in mainland Malay and Central Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Boracay.

Ang hauling ng residual waste sa isla papuntang mainland Malay ay na-privatized na. Ang mga entities na gustong i-avail ang services ng eco-center sanitary landfill at MRF sa disposal ng basura ay kailangan mag-bayad ng tipping fee ayon a SWMB,” said Gallenero, also the committee chairperson on laws and ordinances.

In 2014, the island generated waste of 45 tons per day (tpd) and would further balloon to 109 tpd by 2020. Solid waste generation in mainland Malay by 2014 was also at 7 tpd and is presumed to more than double to 16 tpd by 2020.

Boracay Island has a central MRF which process the segregated wastes collected from the island. The residuals from the Boracay MRF and those collected from Malay mainland are disposed of in a sanitary landfill in mainland Malay in Barangay Kabulihan.

Under Section 10 of Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, or Republic Act (RA) 9003, the local government units (LGUs) are primarily responsible for the implementation and enforcements of the provisions within their respective jurisdictions.

Section 16 also tasked the province, city or municipality, through it MSWMB, to prepare its 10-year old waste management plans consistent with the National Solid Waste Management Framework, provided, that the waste management plan should be for the re-use, recycling and composting of waste generated.

RA 9003 also requires LGUs all over the country to decentralize garbage collection and disposal. Section 32 orders all LGUs to make sure all barangays under their jurisdiction have an MRF where recyclables and compostables are separated from residual garbage and are stored for recycling or composting. (Aklan Forum Journal/PN)


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