Unless city residents will help segregate their garbage into 70% malata or those that will return to mother earth, then efficient garbage disposal will bound to be a failure.
Residents must segregate their garbage before giving it to the garbage collector otherwise, everything will still be dumped into the dumpsite which has caused its deterioration.
A group of environmentalists urged Dumaguete City officials to strictly enforce the plastic bag regulation ordinance and the residents to segregate their waste during the at-source Waste Assessment and Brand Audit (WABA) conducted July 27, 2018.
War On Waste Break Free From Plastic Negros Oriental (WOW-BFFP-NegrosOr), a collective of non-government organizations (NGOs), academics, and individuals brought together by their passion to help solve waste management challenges in Negros Oriental, noted that despite the reboot early this year of the City Ordinance No. 231 series of 2011 which regulates the use of plastic bags, enforcement remains wanting.
“We call on the city government to strictly implement the plastic bag regulation,” said Merci Ferrer, Co-Convenor of WOW-BFFP-NegrosOr.
Ferrer noted that whereas the ban should be in full force now following the partial implementation in May to June through the Plastic Bag-Free Mondays at the public market, compliance is still low. The group also noticed that the majority of houses do not appear to segregate their waste.
“In our house-to-house visits, we confirmed that many house-holds do not segregate their waste and furthermore, single-use plastics, which become residual waste, comprised a huge bulk of their waste. It is only if we segregate our waste that we are able to manage them properly. Segregation allows us to compost biodegradable waste, capture and sell the recyclables, and dispose of the problematic products properly. This then drastically reduces the amount of waste that goes into the landfill,” Ferrer added.