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DENR eyes 'cradle-to-grave' liability for illegally dumped waste

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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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0 #4 H.L. Tuerca 2011-12-28 14:05
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(15) The construction of any establishment within two hundred (200) meters from open dumps or controlled dumps, or sanitary landfill; and
(16) The construction or operation of landfills or any waste disposal facility on any aquifer, groundwater reservoir, or watershed area and or any portions thereof.

If these very basic rules can't be enforced faithfully and violators held accountable, "cradle-to-grav e" which is a more complex regulatory mandate is just a waste of time and source of corruption. Yes, I said corruption, as in, C-O-R-R-U-P-T-I -O-N. Trust me; I know.
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0 #3 H.L. Tuerca 2011-12-28 14:02
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(13) Transport and dumplog in bulk of collected domestic, industrial, commercial, and institutional wastes in areas other than centers or facilities prescribe under this Act;
(14) Site preparation, construction, expansion or operation of waste management facilities without an Environmental Compliance Certificate required pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 1586 and this Act and not conforming with the land use plan of the LGU;
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0 #2 H.L. Tuerca 2011-12-28 13:55
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(7) Unauthorized removal of recyclable material intended for collection by authorized persons;
(8) The mixing of source-separate d recyclable material with other solid waste in any vehicle, box, container or receptacle used in solid waste collection or disposal;
(9) Establishment or operation of open dumps as enjoined in this Act, or closure of said dumps in violation of Sec. 37;
(10) The manufacture, distribution or use of non-environment ally acceptable packaging materials;
(11) Importation of consumer products packaged in non-environment ally acceptable materials;
(12) Importation of toxic wastes misrepresented as “recyclable” or “with recyclable content”;
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0 #1 H.L. Tuerca 2011-12-28 13:51
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Before the Secretary starts to dream big like "cradle-to-grav e" concept, he must ask first if the penal provisions (see below) of R.A. 9003 are enforced.

Sec. 48. Prohibited Acts. - The following acts are prohibited:
(1) Littering, throwing, dumping of waste matters in public places, such as roads, sidewalks, canals, esteros or parks, and establishment, or causing or permitting the same;
(2) Undertaking activities or operating, collecting or transporting equipment in violation of sanitation operation and other requirements or permits set forth in established pursuant;
(3) The open burning of solid waste;
(4) Causing or permitting the collection of non-segregated or unsorted wastes;
(5) Squatting in open dumps and landfills;
(6) Open dumping, burying of biodegradable or non-biodegradab le materials in flood prone areas;
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