The Quezon City government is set to proceed with the development of a waste-to-energy facility to address the city’s garbage problems.
With the city generating 2,000 to 3,000 tons of garbage daily, the project is vital in the city’s efforts in preventing a possible crisis in waste management, Mayor Herbert Bautista said.
Bautista added that the government is expecting to generate 30 to 35 megawatts of power from the city’s new energy source.
With this, a reduction of power consumption used by the city government facilities is expected. Savings derived from the project will be used in funding the construction of additional school buildings, health centers, hospitals and multi-purpose halls, the city mayor added.
The proposed WTE facility must be compliant with the required laws and regulations such as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000; Clean Air Act; Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Act; Renewable Energy Act of 2008, and guidelines governing the establishment and operation of waste to energy technologies for municipal solid wastes.
The landfill facility in Payatas is pending to close in three years, and the QC government spent P1 billion annually for solid waste management – including post-closure care and maintenance of the Payatas controlled disposal facility, special operations and toxic/ hazardous waste collection, treatment, and disposal.