(Metro News) Manila City Council lauded for thumbing down incinerators

September 21, 2011 9:25 pm 

MANILA, Sept. 21 — Healthy environment leaders commended the Manila City Council for unanimously passing on Tuesday a resolution that effectively nipped in the bud proposal to burn Manila’s trash.

Through a resolution sponsored by Councilor Numero Lim of Manila’s second district, councilors from various political blocs expressed "strong and vehement opposition" to the use of incinerators for garbage disposal as proposed by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

The City Council cited health, environmental and economic reasons for rejecting incinerators, adding "that these devices are notoriously expensive because of the energy required to burn garbage."

In lieu of incineration, the City Council urged the government to enforce “with vigor and political will” proven waste prevention and reduction measures such as source separation, reusing, recycling and composting.

The resolution immediately drew a chorus of approval from various citizens’ groups that see waste as a resource, which should be recycled back to nature or commerce instead of being dumped or burned and causing toxic pollution. (PNA) DCT/scs/PR/mec

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