DENR donates solid waste shredders to Bicol LGUs

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has donated several units of shredding equipment and provided technical assistance on effective solid waste management practices to various local government units (LGUs) in the Bicol region.

No less than DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu led the awarding of solid waste shredders to the LGUs to help them in the implementation of the Republic Act No. 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. The awarding ceremony was held the regional office of the Environmental Management Bureau in Legazpi City recently.

“The role of the DENR is to assist the LGUs in their challenges on implementing R.A. 9003,” Cimatu explained. “We are giving them the necessary equipment and technical assistance to strengthen their compliance to the said law.”

The environment chief also gave advice to LGUs on the establishment of sanitary landfill, which although quite expensive is the waste disposal method allowed under R.A. 9003.

He said the DENR was giving LGUs, particularly poor municipalities, some choices since it is expensive to establish a sanitary landfill.

To ease their burden, Cimatu said these municipalities “can do a clustering and contribute for their expenses.”

“The Development Bank of the Philippines is open to extend its loan services to these municipalities,” he added.

Cimatu said the solid waste shredder is a good addition to the equipment also being used in materials recovery facilities (MRFs) of LGUs.

The MRF serves as a temporary storage area for recyclables before being sold to junk dealers, storage for special waste prior to treatment, processing area for biodegradable wastes for composting, and storage of residual wastes prior to disposal.

Recipients of the shredder were the municipalities of Oas and Manito in Albay province; Barcelona, Magallanes, and Matnog in Sorsogon; Pio V. Corpus in Masbate; and San Andres in Catanduanes.

Other municipalities granted with shedders to process generated biodegradable wastes in their public markets were Bulan in Sorsogon; Virac and San Andres in Catanduanes; San Fernando in Masbate; Ocampo and Tigaon in Camarines Sur; Camalig and Oas in Albay; and Jose Panganiban and Daet in Camarines Norte. ###