GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The city government is working on the expansion of its sanitary landfill (SLF) to cope with the increasing volume of solid waste being generated by its 26 barangays.
Ferdinand Pareja, head of the Waste Management Office, said Wednesday they have proposed for the development of another waste cell within the 63.3-hectare landfill in Barangay Sinawal as the existing facility is already nearing full capacity.
He said they collect around 100-110 tons of waste every month from households and establishments here.
“We’re hoping that this will be funded soon so we can start with the expansion of the landfill,” he told reporters.
Pareja said they have been also facing problems with the growing volume of waste coming from the isolation centers, and temporary treatment and monitoring facilities for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients.
He said they collect an average of 1.5 tons of medical wastes in two collection trips every week to these facilities.
The medical wastes, which include face masks, face shields, personal protective equipment, and swab test kits, are being disposed of separately at the SLF, he said.
Pareja said they have proposed the construction of the city’s own health care waste treatment plant to ensure the proper disposal of wastes from the isolation facilities and even some local hospitals.
“The medical wastes should be processed properly to prevent possible contamination and health risks to our communities,” he said.
In 2018, the local government allotted an initial PHP20 million for the establishment of the treatment plant but was later shelved.
Pareja said the local government is currently finalizing an undisclosed loan to facilitate the funding of the landfill’s expansion and the establishment of the health care waste treatment facility. (PNA)