Wednesday, 28 December 2011 11:52
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) hopes to tighten its noose even on sources or generators of illegally disposed garbage to help further boost this agency's nationwide solid waste management campaign.
"Such sources mustn't be relieved of liability if waste they generated ends up merely dumped illegally," said DENR Sec. Ramon Paje.
Only waste collectors assume liability for garbage at present, he noted.
He believes making waste generators accountable as well can help improve compliance with Republic Act 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act), however.
DENR is looking into such cradle-to-grave liability as available government data indicate much still needs to be done so there can be higher compliance with RA 9003.
Compliance with such law will help reduce nationwide volume of waste, which National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) reported as being generated at the average rate of some 36,000 tons per day.
NSWMC also said the country's top urban hub Metro Manila generates an average 7,000 tons of waste daily, up from some 6,000 tons per day two years ago.
Earlier, NSWMC reported compliance with RA 9003 remained low even among local government units (LGUs) nationwide.
Nearly 64 percent or 1,025 of 1,610 LGUs nationwide still host open dumps which RA 9003 bans already, NSWMC reported.
Only 38 of LGUs in the country have sanitary landfills which RA 9003 promotes, NSWMC said.
NSWMC also reported as of late 2011, only 360 of LGUs nationwide were able to prepare and submit respective 10-year solid waste management plans for this commission's review and approval.
By Catherine J. Teves/PIA9-ZBST
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