BSWM wants more composting facilities
The Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) wants composting facilities set up near markets, trading posts and residential areas to turn large quantities of food waste into organic fertilizers.
BSWM director Silvino Tejada said in a statement that 4,087.46 tons of waste are generated per day, which puts a big pressure on government’s waste disposal management system.
Tejada said the large amounts of waste also affects soil and water condition, which BSWM is monitoring.
He said 172 composting facilities for biodegradable waste (CFBW) will be distributed to supplement government’s efforts to reduce waste and to lower farmers’ reliance on commercial fertilizers.
A CFBW can process about 2 tons of biodegradable waste and produce 500 kilograms of organic fertilizer/compost in two weeks.
The Department of Agriculture has earmarked P100 million for the distribution of CFBWs.