Waste-to-energy project will be up for PPP, say

 THE city government is looking at having a waste-to-energy project in a form of public-private partnership (PPP) as part of ensuring that its landfill will have a longer lifespan.

In its Executive and Legislative Agenda (ELA), the city government said it is seeing the need to have “a facility that would convert combustible waste-to-energy.” Though it would be a PPP, the local government stressed that it should be at no cost to the city.

Ivan C. Cortez, chief of City Planning and Development Office, told reporters in BizForum last week at Dermpath in SM City Davao that they are currently evaluating the proposal of a Japanese company.

“The company also proposed to have lower or zero tipping fee,” Cortez said.

In Nov. last year, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio entered into an environmental agreement with Mayor Kenji Kitahashi of Kitakyushu, Japan. Part of the agreement is the development of the city especially on waste management.

“I heard that as social and economic development rapidly progressed in Davao, the amount of waste produced has grown each year. On the other hand, existing waste disposal sites are strained, and relieving that strain has become a pressing issue,” said Mayor Kitahashi earlier in a statement released by City Information Office (CIO).

Citing the study of Japan International Cooperation Agency, the CIO said the city can accommodate a waste-to-energy project to improve the city’s waste management program. As of 2015, the city generated 916 tons of wastes a day, which is projected to increase to 1,053 tons a day by 2021.

Cortez said a waste-to-energy plant would require about 600 tons a day of garbage, which is higher than the city’s average of around 500 tons a day. “Environmentalists, however, say that projects like waste-to-energy plant will only encourage people to generate more garbage,” he said.

Local firm Northbank Holdings Corp. in partnership with Germany-based firm LIPP Technology is also planning to put up a two-megawatt bio waste-to-energy plant in the city.

Cortez said the local government is also prioritizing to have two additional sanitary landfills to lengthen the lifespan of the city’s lone sanitary landfill in Carmen, Tugbok District. The sanitary landfill has been operational since 2010 and is projected to last for as long as 10 years.

Elisa P. Madrazo, chief of City Environment and Natural Resources Office, said earlier that they are looking at two sites for the additional landfills, where there would be one for the north and the other for the south.

The city government, the ELA bared, is looking at pouring P100 million for the plan to acquire sites for the two landfills. (By Kristianne M. Fusilero)

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