Study on waste to energy project in La Trinidad okayed

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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The municipal council approved a resolution interposing no objection to the proposal of B Renewable Energy, Inc. (BREI) to conduct a feasibility study on the waste management of the municipality, specifically the conversion of waste to energy without the necessary signing of a memorandum of understanding, and that the result of the study shall not be sold or used for other purposes without the consent of the local government.

Under Resolution No. 189-2021, the local legislative body stated that there were previous experiences of the local government where authorized memorandum of understanding were used by the proponents for other purposes not intended by the municipality, thus, local officials want to make sure that the results of the proposed feasibility study will be for the benefit of the locality and for other enterprising purposes.

Earlier, Mayor Romeo K. Salda forwarded to the municipal council a letter of Jeffrey Barroga, chief executive officer of BREI, proposing to conduct a feasibility study on the waste management of the municipality, especially the conversion of waste to energy.

Municipal General Services Officer Dwight Daodao cited that with the current situation of the municipality where waste management is indeed a mounting concern, any feasible or working system is welcome, provided that, the technologies that will be used in the conversion of waste materials into usable energy must pass the set guidelines in all national environmental laws.

Vie Mayor Roderick Awingan claimed that the resolution will pave the way for the company to make the appropriate recommendations on how the local government can establish a system to convert waste to energy to help address the town’s solid waste management because of the huge expenses incurred by the municipality in the current system of managing its garbage disposal concerns.

He expressed hope that the company can come out with a feasible solution on how the local government will be able to permanently solve the existing garbage disposal problem which it is currently experiencing even with the existence of the controlled dump facility owned by the locality.

Aside from using the town’s Alno controlled dump facility, the local government is also hauling out its residual waste to the Metro Clark Waste Management Corporation engineered sanitary landfill in Capas, Tarlac which is affecting the available resources of the municipal government intended to enhance the delivery of basic service to the people of the municipality.

Vice Mayor Awingan stipulated that the local government will continue to entertain feasible proposals by concerned government agencies and interested private companies wanting to extend assistance to the municipality in coming out with a permanent solution to the garbage disposal issues and concerns that had being encountered over the past several years because of the rapidly increasing population.

La Trinidad is generating more than 50 tons of assorted waste daily where some of the waste are being dumped in the Alno controlled dump facility while a portion of the same are being hauled to the Capas sanitary landfill.  By HENT

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