DOST-NCR conducts waste management training for 3 Metro LGUs


Proper waste segration is an important part in Waste Analysis and Characterization Study (WACS). Photo shows particpants at the WACS Plan Preparation sort and segregate wastes as part of their training. (Photo courtesy of DOST-NCR)

QUEZON CITY, Jan. 31 (PIA)--In support of the government’s campaign for proper waste management, the DOST-NCR PAMAMAZON (Pasay, Manila, Makati, Quezon City) Cluster, in partnership with DOST Industrial Technology Development Institute - Environment and Biotechnology Division (DOST-ITDI-EBD), conducted a three-day Waste Analysis and Characterization Study (WACS) Plan Preparation.

Representatives from the local government units of Quezon, Manila and Taguig participated in the training-workshop conducted January 28-30, 2019 at the Civic Center D Building, QC Hall Compound, Quezon City.

The participants were trained to use a simplified method of conducting WACS, an essential input in the preparation of LGUs’ ten-year solid waste management plans.

The participants also practiced sorting materials, which is one of the processes in WACS preparation.

This includes segregating the wastes piled at the City Material Recovery System of Quezon City Hall accordingly: from residuals (diapers, napkins, baby wipes/tissues, cigarette butts, worn-out rags, broken ceramics, stones, and rocks); recyclables (bottles, rubber, leather, plastics, papers, glass, textiles, among others); and special wastes (cotton with bloodstains, gloves, bulbs and household chemical wastes such as pest sprayers, ink bottles, paint cans) and even biodegradables that have been collected during the hauling from barangays.

Resource persons noted during the lecture that segregation of wastes between biodegradables and recyclables should have been done starting from the source, meaning at the individual households and at the barangays, while residual and special wastes are to be collected and disposed to the city’s garbage collection trucks which would then transport the wastes to landfills for proper actions.

On the third and last day of the training-workshop, participants from each LGU presented their outputs for discussion, comments and recommendations from the experts and their fellow participants.

Participants were thankful for the opportunity of having attended the training and acknowledged the value of their learnings saying that whatever they have learned are not only for themselves but for their communities as well.

Mr. Oliver T. Dajao, who is part of the QC Task Force on Solid Waste Collection, Cleaning and Disposal Services Management said, he is grateful to DOST for taking the initiative to capacitate local government units to do their own WACS planning and preparations. (DOST-NCR/PIA-NCR)


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