Waste Analysis and Characterization Study 2015
A team from the Science City of Muñoz Local Government Unit consisting of then City Planning and Development Coordinator Mr. Eric Tubalinal, an Economist from CPDO Mr. Anastacio Regatcho Jr., Local Government Operations Officer Ms. Rosie Sabiniano, City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engr. June Mico and City ENRO Administrative Assistant Ms. Marita Pineda attended a Seminar Workshop on the Formulation of Waste Analysis and Characterization Study (WACS) Sampling Plan in Traveler’s Hotel, Subic Bay, Zambales in January 27-29, this year. The resource speaker Ms. Belly C. Cabeso, a technical staff from National Solid Waste Management Commission - National Ecology Center (NSWMC-NEC) taught our technical working group the importance of conducting WACS, how to do it and what are the things that are needed to execute it properly.
And so last April 20, 21 and 22, WACS was conducted in the science city gym headed by the City ENRO, in cooperation with the DILG, CPDO, NSWMC and Snowy Mountain Energy Corporation (SMEC). Sample size was computed based on the population of each barangay, then, cooperators were identified via stratified random sampling. A total of 392 cooperators from 37 barangays were instructed about their duties as they will be the source of residential waste samples for the study. A hundred and twenty nine (129) non-residential cooperators were also identified to provide waste samples from commercial and institutional establishments. Nine (9) recorders and 19 sorters were also instructed on how to properly analyze and characterize solid wastes to ensure the success of the activity.
Determination of the quantity and kind of wastes being generated by households, commercial establishments and institutions within the science city will provide the basis for the design and size of the Engineered Sanitary Landfill (ESLF). WACS result is also an essential part of the 10-year City Solid Waste Management Plan, which is a requirement for all cities and municipalities under Section 16 of Republic Act 9003 or Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Act of the Philippines. Waste characterization is necessary to make accurate waste management decisions and plans, and to evaluate environmental risks.