Issue of August 11, 2019
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Public, bizmen urged to do own composting
by PIO release

Mayor Benjamin Magalong urged residents and business owners in the city to adopt their own backyard composting methods and technologies to lessen the city’s biodegradable waste production.

The mayor said it is high time to instill the practice of composting their biodegradable wastes among residents to help effectively and efficiently address the solid waste management problem of the city.

He said the city has been doing its best to maximize the operation of the Environmental Recycling System (ERS) machines stationed at the former dumpsite at Irisan to process the compostable wastes but residents and businessmen should also do their part in easing the city’s waste burden.

The city produces 40 to 50 tons of biodegradable wastes per day and only 75 percent of these are processed by the ERS.

In a meeting with the department heads on Aug. 7, the mayor urged departments concerned to prepare business owners along Session Road for the new composting requirement which the city will impose soon. 

“Every business, especially restaurants should have their own composting facility,” the mayor said as he tasked the General Services Office to disseminate information on simple composting methods that can be employed by the businessmen.

In a press briefing on Aug. 2, the mayor said composting of biodegradable wastes in the in the households is important because it will help in reducing the volume of biodegradable wastes brought to the collection points.

GSO Officer Eugene Buyucan said that apart from waste segregation, home and backyard composting is the obligation of residents under the provisions of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 to help the concerned government agencies and local governments address the garbage disposal concerns in their areas of jurisdiction.

He urged residents to practice composting as well as urban gardening in their homes because it is also one strategy that is vital in helping reduce the volume of biodegradable and non-biodegradable wastes and is also beneficial for the homes.

He said a simple composting method would only require any container where biodegradable wastes can be stored. Just cover the refuse with small amount of soil for drying and repeat the process.  They compost can be used in one to two months for their backyard garden.

The use of African night crawlers can also be employed.

Buyucan said they will coordinate with the departments of Agriculture and Environment and Natural Resources for the conduct of technical trainings on composting among residents.

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