“USE the 30th SEA Games as a venue to showcase our best practices on solid waste management.”
This call was made by Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Solid Waste Management and LGU Concerns Undersecretary Benny Antiporda to the organizers of the sports event.
Antiporda, who chairs the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC), said the SEA Games organizers and host local government units (LGUs) should ensure proper waste management and implement “zero-waste-to-landfill” policy during the two-week biennial sports event.
He said the target should be no biodegradable or recyclable waste will be sent to landfills coming from the SEA Games venues.
The appeal was made in anticipation of the large volume of waste to be generated in the venues where food and drinks are served and sold.
The DENR official is expecting plastic food and beverage containers, aluminum cans and cardboards as among the wastes to be produced at the sporting event.
Antiporda said the SEAG organizers and host LGUs should tap concerned city and municipality environment and natural resources officers and mobilize volunteers to ensure that the wastes to be generated during the event will be properly segregated and sent to materials recovery facilities.
Antiporda is hopeful the 12-day event will serve as a venue to promote waste segregation and recycling that would “go beyond the Games.”
He noted that the systems for implementing waste segregation and recycling have been in place from the provincial down to the barangay levels, as laid out in the approved 10-year Solid Waste Management Plans (SWMPs).
This is pursuant to Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, which mandates LGUs as primarily responsible for waste segregation and disposal.
NSWMC records showed that 20 out of 23 cities and towns hosting the SEAG already have approved SWMPs, while the remaining three are under evaluation.
Host LGUs with approved SWMPs are the cities of Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, Muntinlupa, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon and San Juan in Metro Manila; Angeles, Lubao, Mabalacat and San Fernando in Pampanga; Capas and Tarlac City in Tarlac province; San Juan town in La Union province; Imus and Tagaytay in Cavite; and Biñan, Los Baños and Sta. Rosa in Laguna.