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barangays reminded anew to segregate wastes

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr. appealed anew to residents here to segregate their wastes to help in the city’s waste management efforts.

            The mayor said the city government through the city environment and parks management office will continue to collect wastes on schedule but residents are expected to do their share by segregating their wastes at their households to facilitate the disposal of the refuse.

            At present, the city is still hauling out wastes to Capas, Tarlac and had set up materials recovery facilities at strategic locations.

            The city government implemented the mandatory waste segregation in line with the provisions of Republic Act No. 2003 or the National Ecological Solid Waste Management Act which mandates local government units to adopt an effective waste management program that will no longer require the operation of a dumpsite by year 2007.

Section 10 of the law provides that the barangays are responsible for the segregation and collection biodegradable, compostable and recyclable wastes. The city, on the other hand, is tasked to collect non-recyclable (residual) and special waste.

            The waste segregation classifications are as follows:

*Biodegradable or compostable waste includes fruit and vegetable peelings, vegetable trimmings, fish entrails, egg shells, fish shells/scales, spoiled food leftovers, seeds, wet paper and newspapers, wet carton/cardboards, expired bakery products, chipped branches, sawdust, “kusot”, poultry and livestock manure, pet manure, corn cobs and sheaths, spoiled animal entrails, rice hulls, peanut shells, animal carcasses, coconut sells and husks, garden/grass clippings.

*Recyclables include dry paper, newspaper, dry cardboards and cartons, plastic containers and materials, empty toner containers, computer ink cartridges, metals, iron, tin and aluminum cans, glass bottles, colorless broken glasses, vehicle batteries, PVC pipes, PE pipes, purified water containers, computer casings, garapa, medicine bottles, undamaged plastic sacks.

*Among non-recyclables are sanitary napkins, disposable diapers, worn out rugs, Styrofoam, broken ceramics, foams, coco fibers from cushion, colored broken glasses, sando bags, packing/twine straws, worn-out plastic sacks.

*Special wastes are broken tiles, barber shop waste, dirt materials from sweepings, paint and thinner containers, household batteries, lead acid batteries,  bulky wastes like beds, consumer electronics like TV sets, appliances, air filter elements and garden debris. – aileen p. refuerzo


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