Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Naga stinks as waste-to-energy project collapses




     Rubbish at baranggay Balatas whose stench reaches the city of Naga.

    Scavengers looking for cash rubbish.

     Boy takes a break by reading a magazine he found at the dump.


By JUAN ESCANDOR JR

NAGA CITY: Where the wind blows, this city stinks within a radius of one kilometer from an open dumpsite which should have been closed as early as 2006.
With garbage bursting to the seams in the open dumpsite in Barangay Balatas here, stink will inevitably overwhelm this city in two years’ time should the local government here fails to resolve the problem, according to Joel Martin, head of Naga City Solid Waste Management Office.
The procrastination to solve the garbage problem in this city took another turn after the local chief executive here declared to rescind the contract with a Filipino-Korean firm the construction of a waste-to-energy project.
Naga Mayor John Bongat told the Bicol Mail he had to rescind the contract with CG Global Green Energy to build and operate a waste-to-energy plant in a 5ha expropriated property of the local government unit (LGU) in Barangay San Isidro.
 “We have waited too long for more than one year (since the groundbreaking ceremony on Nov 22, 2012), so that we could find a way…to entertain other players than be tied down under their contract,” Bongat explained.
Mercy Cañeca, representative of the CG Global Green Energy who paid visit to the mayor on Feb. 13, declined to give reaction regarding the decision of the LGU to rescind the contract.
The waste-to-energy project targets to use 100 tons of garbage everyday to produce electricity but the construction of the facility has still to be started due to technical problems, according to Martin.
He disclosed that the 3.7-hectare open dumpsite in Barangay Balatas, which could have been decommissioned in 2006, has accumulated 32,000 cubic meters of garbage for the past 40 years.
Martin said 1.7ha of the open dumpsite had been closed and the remaining area (2 hectares) is still in use to accommodate the daily garbage of 78-150 tons.
He said the garbage will continue to pile up since the material recovery facility of the dumpsite can only process 20 percent of the total garbage every day.
To control the periodic emission of stink that spreads within a kilometer radius from the dumpsite, Martin said they have to spray every day 1,500 liters of inoculants that they also produce within the site. – BicolMail






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