By Bohol Island News Staff | 10:51 PM November 26, 2019
Uncollected garbage along Graham Avenue in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.

The garbage collection in the city resumed on Monday, November 25, 2019.

However, only those segragated waste was received by the sanitation collectors.

This earned the irk of some residents who posted on Facebook and aired their sentiments over radio stations.

Some garbage piles left in the streets were not collected because of the “No segregation, No collection” of garbage policy.

On Tuesday, November 26, piles of uncollected garbage were also visible in Graham Avenue, Lamdagan Street, Gallares Street, Benigno Aquino street and other barangay roads.

Illegal dumping at Graham Avenue in Tagbilaran City on November 26, 2019. Contributed Photo

Joselito Taladua, head of the Solid Waste Management Office, in a radio report said that unsegregated garbage will not be collected.

He said only 40 percent of the garbage was segregated on Monday.

The public will be required to classify their trash biodegradable, non-biodegradable, residual, or special.

“The segregation should be done at home since there will be no segregation at the dump truck because it will be only for collection,” Taladua said.

There are four solid waste classifications: biodegradable, non-biodegradable, residual, and special waste.

Household biodegradable waste are things like left-over food, fruits, or vegetables and paper; while non-biodegradable waste includes tin cans, plastic bottles, plastics and styrofoam.

Residual waste consists of sanitary napkins, diapers, rags and the like; while special waste includes batteries, paints, bulbs, machines, electronic gadgets and cellphones.

Garbage left will be assessed by the barangay officials to determine who left the garbage.

The segregation policy is in compliance of Republic Act 9003 or the Solid Waste Management Act 2000.

Taladua ordered a strict enforcement of the city’s existing “no segregation, no collection” policy.

The city is beefing up the information campaign by holding house-to-house visits and barangay orientations by their barangay officials.

Illegal dumping at E. Jacinto Street in Tagbilaran City on November 26, 2019. Contributed Photo

Barangay officials do a spot check on houses to see if there are two garbage receptacles: one for biodegradable waste (malata) and the other for non-biodegradable waste (di-malata).

Taladua said residents do not have to buy garbage cans to separate biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste. He said even rice sacks and big plastic bottles will do for as long as these are properly labeled so that family members will know which one is assigned for a particular waste.

The 2.6-hectare dumpsite in Barangay Dampas was shut down last week by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for operating an open dumpsite instead of a material recovery facility.

By Bohol Island News

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