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Zambo eyes bigger sanitary landfills, discipline from residents

ONE OF ZAMBOANGA’S sanitary landfills will have to be reconfigured to accommodate the city’s huge garbage collection for the next three months while the second site is being completed, according to the Office of the City Engineer.

City Engineer Christopher Navarro said the second sanitary landfill is almost 50% completed. He said the completion of the landfill was delayed due to rough surfaces of the excavated areas and the presence of loose rocks which can potentially damage the protective liners of the pit.

The surface of the landfill must first be cleared from all these hazards before applying the liners. It will take at least 3 months before the landfill would be ready for use and this is also the reason why the other pit needs to be reconfigured to be able to accommodate tons of additional trash.

Mayor Beng Climaco previously announced that the completion of the sanitary landfill Cell 2 and 3 is already underway and “we will establish more transfer stations and additional materials recovery facilities.”

She has asked the City Council to approve Zamboanga’s environment code for a holistic approach in tackling environmental problems and the passage of the Zero Plastic Policy Ordinance.

Climaco urged residents again to separate their garbage into biodegradable materials and non-biodegradable waste and throw them to trash bins or put outside their house so it can be collected at a designated time. She also asked residents not to litter or throw their garbage anywhere on the streets, rivers or sea and help the local government in maintaining cleanliness.

In her July 9 speech at the maiden session of the City Council, Climaco said she will push for a more sustainable and efficient cleanliness campaign and enforce strict solid waste segregation program.

“El proteccion del diatun media ambiente ta esta importante y ay hace todo lo que debe el govierno local para realiza con este. El limpiesa del Ciudad responsibilidad de todo, poreso necesita kita tiene el personal responsibilidad voluntariamente buta y recuhi el maga basura na propio lugar. Si verdad kita ta ama con el Ciudad, desea limpiesa na pensamiento, na diatun palabra, y acciones positivo para el Ciudad,” she said.

Rodrigo Pagotaisidro, public service officer of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office, said they will add 8 new garbage compactor trucks to their fleet to effectively collect trash in the different barangays.

He said they are also pushing for the release – by batches of 16 – of new garbage compactors trucks for big barangays so as not to delay the collection of waste materials. “The release of garbage trucks will be done by batch, which will be timed with the completion of (sanitary landfill) cell number 2,” he said. (Zamboanga Post. With additional report from Jasmine Mohammadsali.)


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