Group: Discipline, not WTE, a solution to garbage problem

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AN ENVIRONMENTAL advocate group has recommended to the Cebu City Government to start addressing the problem of garbage at the household level by instilling discipline among the residents rather than constructing a waste-to-energy (WTE) facility in the city.

Joselito Vasquez, the Visayas and Mindanao coordinator of Piglas Pilipinas and Philippine Movement for Climate Justice, told SunStar Cebu Thursday, September 22, 2022, that WTE facilities have a negative impact not only on the environment but also on the public’s health.

On Thursday, Mayor Michael Rama signed the notice to award to New Sky Energy Philippines for the construction of a P4.8 billion WTE facility that will burn garbage to generate electricity.

Vasquez said a study conducted by Dr. Jorge Emmanuel of Siliman University revealed that incineration facilities like the WTE can cause health problems like cancer.

He added that the study was presented to the Cebu City Government during the waste summit conducted last April 2022 but the findings were just ignored. (IRT)