By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY — Three groups are interested in setting up a waste-to-energy system in this city.
Mayor Jerry Treñas said the proposal of the three groups will be reviewed by a panel from the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center, which is scheduled to conduct site inspection on August 14.
Treñas consulted the PPP Center, which has given technical expertise in waste management initiatives for cities in Metro Manila.
“We are going to study if the smoky mountain can be mined to be used as fuel in waste to energy process,” Treñas noted.
The city opened a P200-million sanitary landfill in August 2016, but it has encountered problems.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in Western Visayas investigated the Calajunan landfill last year after residents complained of the stench from the facility.
The Treñas administration is also looking at new technologies to solve waste problems while improving waste management.
The Iloilo City Environment and Natural Resources Office will work closely with the EMB in assessing the waste-to-energy project proposal.