By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – Mayor Benjamin Lim said as long as Dagupenos do not know how to segregate their wastes, it would not be feasible for this city to patronize the engineered sanitary landfill in Urdaneta City.
Lim said segregation of wastes has not been a habit among households here.
“You have to teach the people first how to segregate their garbage before the city can dump the residual part of the garbage,” Lim said.
Mayor Lim said it would be very expensive to dump this city’s voluminous wastes at Urdaneta without segregation.
He noted that village officials should not collect non-segregated wastes so the people would learn how to segregate them.
Mayor Lim urged that the best way to mitigate the garbage problem is to collect those that can be reused.
“Ngayon e, sisingilinkang P900 (garbage per ton by Urdaneta City).Halimbawa 10 tons iyongbasura e di P9000. E kung 50 na trucks, P450,000a day! Di biro iyan. Half-a-million a day anggagastusinmona budget, paralangmagtaponngbasurasaUrdaneta City,” he said.
He said what should be dumped at the landfill are residuals of fish, vegetables and other products where they can be made into fertilizers.
He said the non-biodegradable wastes like cartoons and plastics could be collected and reused.