It is quite a coincidence that the established support for the sanitary landfill from the Barangay Captains of Dumaguete has signed their approvals in celebration to the Zero Waste Month. Other parts of the world celebrate Zero Waste Month in a relatable aspect as well.
Zero Waste Month in Dumaguete
The youth have been the main target for encouragement for this year’s celebration of January Zero Waste Month in Dumaguete City. With a quote in various Facebook posts, “Dumaguete City is facing waste crisis” have been an eye-catching statement for all. Followed by a quote that says,
“(O)ur dumpsite … is overfilled and waste from the dumpsite falls into the Banica River, our beaches and parks are strewn with garbage, trash clogs our canals and estuaries, and plastic waste that will remain in the environment for hundreds of years is spreading in our coastal waters including our marine protected areas.”
Sanitary Landfill – Still a NEVER-Ending Story?
Believe it or not, the so-called NEVER-Ending story of the Dumaguete Sanitary Landfill adds another chapter to their story. The different barangay captains of the city, members of the Liga ng mga Barangay, supported the resolution of the Closing of Dumaguete Dumpsite and the rise of the new Sanitary Landfill…all without hesitation.
Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio “Ipe” Remollo mentioned with all glee that the site, which will be used for the sanitary landfill, in Barangay Candau-ay has passed the major requirement and assessments given by law and the DENR (Department of Environment and Resources). Maybe there will be an end to this story after all. But unless it has been fully established and completely functional, most locals could only accumulate another rising dilemma to take matters of.
Global Reaction to Zero Waste Month
Although waste is both a local and global concern, other parts of the world have just made a better system in dealing with waste. China, for instance, have banned the importation of 24 categories of trash and has set strict standards for imported plastic waste. This ban has made a huge awakening especially to more developed countries in the European Union, United States, Japan, and Australia to name a few.