Mandaue City wants to make composting mandatory

September 7, 2010 10:09 am 

MANDAUE CITY, Sept. 7 – The highly-urbanized city of Mandaue may soon require commercial, institutional and industrial establishments to maintain their own compost pit, with penalties for those who fail.

”Solid waste management is not the sole responsibility of the local government but rather a shared obligation with the community,” said Councilor Demetrio Cortes in a proposed ordinance.

The proposal also urges establishments to avail of services of City Hall-accredited haulers or operators in the collection and disposal of their wastes.

Informants will get half of the penalty paid by violators, to encourage community participation and the remaining half will go to Barangay Solid Waste Management funds.

The proposed ordinance defines a compost pit as a huge container where biodegradable wastes are processed “through biological degradation, without causing public nuisance,” and transformed into soil.

The proposal is being studied by the committee on laws, chaired by Councilor Nenita Layese.

The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 or Republic Act 9003 listed composting as one way to reduce solid waste at the source.

Establishments without a composting facility, base don’t he proposed ordinance, will face the loss of its business permit and even possible closure.

The proposal also seeks to penalize establishments that dispose of their garbage through haulers and operators not accredited by the city.

Transporting one cubic meter of mixed garbage and more will provoke a fine of P5,000. Those dumping waste on vacant lots, streets or alleys will be fined as well—from P500 and a one-hour seminar on solid waste management for their first offense, to P1,500, plus a seminar and community service for the third offense.

Placido Jerusalem, City Hall’s “focal person” for solid waste, welcome the proposal, saying it will reduce the 140 tons of waste generated each day in the city by at least 60 percent.

He said only the remaining 30 percent will go to the sanitary landfill, while the other 10 percent are reusable wastes that are collected and sold to scrap buyers.

Jerusalem said establishments may take a cue from Barangay Luz in Cebu City, where composting, done by households, is done in barrels and ordinary containers. Jerusalem added that establishments and hospitals may form a cluster then rent a separate space for their composting activities.

But they must seek City Hall’s permission in transporting their wastes. (PNA)

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