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Bulacan guv says Canadian waste not welcome in the province

Jul 25, 2015 @ 1:49

Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado has declared all garbage shipment from Canada off limits to the two sanitary landfills in the province.

Alvarado said there is no way the provincial government will allow the dumping of Canadian waste at the Wacuman Inc. sanitary landfill in Barangay San Mateo, Norzagaray and the Obando engineered sanitary landfill of Ecoshield Development Corporation in Obando.

If the trash is disposed in the province, this would be a health risk to local residents as well as Manila residents since Angat Dam, which supplies 90 percent of Metro Manila’s water supply, is located in Norzagaray, the governor pointed out.

There are 20 container vans of garbage, which were part of the 50 vans seized by the Bureau of Customs (BoC) in 2013 and declared as condemned, that are earmarked for disposal in Bulacan.

“If other places did not accept it, the province of Bulacan will not accept it too, because our mountains, (our water) aquifer, serve the drinking supply needs of Metro Manila,” Alvarado said in a story published in The Manila Times.

“That’s too wild and that will not be allowed in the province of Bulacan,” he added.

Earlier, the provincial government of Tarlac stopped the dumping of the garbage in its landfill in Capas pending an investigation on the nature of the imported waste.

If Tarlac insists on its stand, BoC said it may look for alternate dumping site for the trash, including the sanitary landfill in Norzagaray.

Alvarado said Bulacan itself also have problems in its waste management program, which the provincial government should prioritize.

“We have a Sangguniang Panlalawigan resolution which states that for the meantime, only trash from Bulacan will be accepted in our landfills. We are still working out to allow the trash in Metro Manila (to be disposed) in our province, so we cannot allow the trash from Canada,” he said.

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