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Laguna BM Christian Lajara marvels at the country’s first waste to energy facility

Aug 6, 2022 @ 11:26

The Philippines’ first waste to energy facility is found in Laguna, and Board Member Christian Lajara came to check out how it works.

The facility is at the University of the Philippines- Los Baños and the soft launch for the project was held last year.

The project is led by the Department of Chemical Engineering of the UPLB College of Engineering and Agro-industrial Technology, and funded by the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development.

Lajara said he and his wife, Board Member Karla Adajar, met with UPLB engineers involved in the project and saw how useful it could be.

“Malaki ang potensyal ng proyektong ito na dapat nating bigyang pansin at atensyon,” he said.

To produce energy, 40 kilos of trash would need to be processed every hour, he said.

The areas tapped to provide trash for the facility could not meet the demand, so there is a need to look for more sources, he said.

He also said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has come up with guidelines to make sure the waste to energy device would not harm the surroundings.

So far, it does not seem to pose a threat to the environment, he said.

“Kasalukuyan itong dumadaan sa ilang tests at base sa pag-aaral ng UPLB, bagaman ang teknolohiya ay nagsusunog ng basura, mababa ang carbon footprint nito at hindi nakakaapekto sa ating ozone layer,” he said.

Lajara said that should this project prove a success, the provincial government would be able to save a lot of money on waste management.

“Naniniwala tayo na ito ang maaaring maging sagot sa problema sa pamamahala ng basura sa ating lalawigan, pati na rin sa problema sa kuryente bunsod ng krisis sa enerhiya. Dahil sa kakulangan ng sanitary landfills sa bansa, magandang oportunitad ito na lubos na makatutulong sa ating lalawigan,” he said.

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