Cebu town landfill allowed to reopen

Published August 11, 2019, 7:28 PM

by Rica Arevalo

By Minerva Newman

CEBU CITY – The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in Central Visayas lifted its Cease and Desist Order (CDO) on August 9 against Asian Energy Systems Corporation (AEC), the operator of the sanitary landfill in Polog, Consolacion, Cebu, after the firm completed the rehabilitation of the facility.

AEC has issued the order after the EMB found that it failed to implement the Environmental Management Plan (EMP) that resulted in a landslide last May 4.

The landfill was shut down. During a technical conference with the EMB on May 8, AEC was ordered to address the pollution and environmental concerns.

The company has since complied with all the requirements. It submitted to EMB a project to convert methane gas into energy. The project is scheduled to be completed on Dec. 15, 2020.

EMB Regional Director William Cuñado witnessed the signing of the memorandum of agreement for the project between AEC, Alterna Verde Corporation, and SERRS Technology of Thailand.

“With the great challenges that all of us are facing in terms of solid waste management in the region, EMB-7 assures the public that we will continue to monitor compliance of the operations of our waste management facilities.” Cuñado said.