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Cebu City needs plan on landfill closure

CEBU CITY, Aug. 30 – The Cebu City Government is yet to formulate a final closure and rehabilitation plan for the Inayawan Sanitary Landfill, barely a month before it’s total closure in October.

The closure and rehabilitation of the landfill, having reached its full capacity, requires such plan.

It is a requirement under Republic Act (RA) 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

Cebu City Councilor Nida Cabrera, chair of the council environment committee, said they are yet to conduct a study that will guide the city in drafting its final closure and rehabilitation plan.

The study needs at least P1.2 million.

The Cebu City Council approved a resolution filed by Cabrera that seeks to charge to the next supplemental budget of the city the costs of the study.

Cabrera said the amount will already cover the assessment of the site, including characterizing the waste present at the landfill as well as a topographic survey, and water and soil sampling and laboratory analysis.

It will also cover the preparation of a site development plan, leachate (garbage juice) collection and treatment system design, and the gas collection and management system design, she said.

Cabrera said they will also be formulating the closure, post-closure, and monitoring plans and the acquisition of an authority to close the landfill from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). (PNA) LAP/EB/gb

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