Urdaneta landfill can serve more LGUs

URDANETA CITY—The newly-opened Engineered Sanitary Landfill in Sitio Calegu, Catablan here is already taking in wastes from six local government units, including the city’s, but it can still accommodate more, said Mayor Amadeo Gregorio Perez IV.

So far, the users are the towns of Sta. Barbara, Pozorrubio, Mapandan, Calasiao and Bautista in Pangasinan and the Baguio Export Processing Zone Authority (BEPZA).
Observers expected Dagupan City to be among the first users, but it has yet to express interest.
"Dagupan is welcome but we have not seen any proposal yet from the city government," said Perez.
Under an ordinance enacted by the Sangguniang Panlungsod, the tipping fee for all outside wastes is set at P900 per ton.
The rate is P50 higher than the P850 per ton being charged by a similar engineered sanitary landfill in Capas, Tarlac, located further south of Pangasinan.
The fee is immediately computed when the dump truck passes the weighbridge and payment is required every 15 days.
A 25 percent penalty will be imposed on payment delays.
The mayor said revenues generated by the facility will be used partly to amortize the P220 million the city obtained from the Land Bank of the Philippines early last year to build the facility.
The city is paying at least P3 million in monthly amortization.
At the same time, Perez said the city will also limit the amount of garbage coming from other LGUs to ensure that each of the three spans of the 17-hectare sanitary landfill will last 10 years as projected.
Urdaneta City alone is bringing in at least 60 tons of segregated wastes a day.
Perez also confirmed that he has received a proposal from a company that can produce methane gas from the garbage at the landfill, but he declined to elaborate further.

San Carlos City putting up
P150 million sanitary landfill
SAN CARLOS CITY—Coming on the heels of the success of Urdaneta City, the local government here is pursuing the second phase of constructing a modern sanitary landfill facility through a build-operate and transfer (BOT) scheme.
Mayor Julier Resuello said the city is buying adjacent lots in Barangay Paitan to expand the initial four-hectare lot where the P150-million project is being built.
Resuello said a private firm has expressed keen interest to take over the project through a BOT scheme and still the city will still have its share of the income from the landfill operation.
Under the proposed arrangement, the city will earn rental income from the company for the plant’s operation.
The group of still unnamed private investors has proposed to fund the construction, operation and acquisition of permits, while the city government will provide needed lot.
The investros’ return on investment is projected over a three to five-year operation, depending on the volume of residual non-biodegradable wastes that will be brought to the landfill.
Resuello said the landfill, ideally located within the central and western Pangasinan areas, will be opened to neighboring municipalities for a fee.
A methane plant as an energy source is also bing eyed as part of the project.—(Contributed by Eva Visperas)