Ruth P. Briones, Lead Convenor of the Zero Waste Philippines’ Project and Chair of Greenergy Solutions said on October 20, 2010 before the Cebu City Solid Waste Management Committee that the country’s Zero Waste Program will employ and install clean technology facilities that comply with the Clean Air Act and international environmental standards.
Briones, who recently launched the Zero Waste Project announced that 30,000 tons of waste per day generated from towns and cities nationwide can be reused, eliminated and revalued without sacrificing the environment.
She noted that the country's solid waste generation ranges between 0.5 kg to 0.71 kg per capita per day with a total annual waste projected generation of 14.0 Million tons in 2010. In Metro Manila where the population density is 63 times the national waste, the estimated daily per capita waste generation is 0.66 kg. Briones added that the solid waste management in the Philippines is in crisis of which the resulting impact is significant and immediate.
By employing clean technologies on waste management, the concept of waste as “rubbish” or “garbage” will then be changed into “ rubbish” as ‘resource’ in the normal course of life. The potential of reduced costs, increased profits, and reduced environmental impacts are found when returning these “residual products” or “resources” as feedstock to either natural and industrial systems.
Briones further disclosed that waste thermal gasification and anaerobic digestion are clean technologies that complies with the laws on Clean Air, Solid Waste Management and Renewable Energy. It was also disclosed that the convenors of the Zero Waste Philippines Project partner with leading technology and engineering companies worldwide to enable it to engage for the Zero Waste technology requirements which will be in tune with alternative energy sources trends and market needs.
Greenergy Solutions Inc. (GSI) is a domestic corporation registered under the laws of the Republic of the Philippines. It is a start-up domestic Philippine company, organized by leading professionals with more than 100 years combined experience in technology, operations and policy issues in the Philippine environment and electric utility sectors. (www.greenergyph.com)