DENR eyes 300 landfills in 2 years

Published December 30, 2020, 4:36 PM

by Chito Chavez

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) revealed Wednesday that it aims to build 300 more sanitary landfills (SLFs) in the country by 2022.

DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda noted that through a public-private partnership, the move is designed to further improve the country’s management of solid waste materials.

“Ambitious as it may seem to be as a target, but we shall aim to establish 300 SLFs by the end of 2022,” said Antiporda.

Antiporda noted that SLF remains the primary long-term method of solid waste disposal allowed under Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

The DENR official made the statement during the hybrid consultation meeting with SLF operators, which combined face-to-face and teleconferencing recently.

Some 21 SLF operators were present during the meeting, either personal or via Zoom.  

Antiporda said the meeting was aimed at closer collaboration among SLF operators, LGUs, and the DENR, through the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC), where he sits as alternate of Environment Secretary and NSWMC Chair Roy A. Cimatu.

There are currently 189 SLFs in operation servicing 399 LGUs across the country.

However, Antiporda lamented that “the number of SLFs remains small 20 years after RA 9003 took effect.’’

During the consultation meeting, Antiporda called on the SLF operators to look into the viability of offering their facilities to LGUs with illegal dumpsites in anticipation of an aggressive campaign by the DENR to close these down starting January.