Koronadal allots P20M for modern waste composting facility

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 14 Feb) – The city government has allotted P20 million for the construction this year of a modern large-scale waste composting facility.

Augustus Bretana, head of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), said Thursday said the preparatory works are underway for the implementation of the project, which will be set up at the city’s sanitary landfill in Barangay Paraiso.

He said they already started the pre-bidding process for the acquisition of the required composting equipment.

Members of the city government’s bids and awards committee (BAC) visited last week a composting facility in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental as part of the move, he said.

Bretana said the composting project was contracted to Trans Orient Group, which made a bid for the same facility here.

He said the move was aimed to ensure that the local government will get the best equipment and services for the project, which is among the priority initiatives endorsed by City Mayor Peter Miguel.

“[BAC members] mainly assessed the quality of the equipment installed by the bidder,” he said in a statement.

Bretana said they pushed for the construction of the composting facility to help solve the area’s problems with the increasing volume of biodegradable wastes from local households and establishments.

Through composting, he said the local government will not only address the problem but earn additional income by producing organic fertilizers.

As suggested by some residents, the city government can acquire shredders or chippers to enable the facility to produce potting soil as well.

The city government is currently developing a six-hectare sanitary landfill in Purok Pagunsan, Barangay Paraiso.

The project could accommodate 15 tons of residual wastes daily, way higher than the 4 tons produced by the city.

The Level II facility will include a plastic thermal burning facility, which could process plastics into raw materials that may be used in the production of chairs, tables and similar products. (MindaNews)