20 LGUs set to implement newly approved solid waste management plans
20 local government units (LGUs) have been given the green light to implement their respective 10-year solid waste management (SWM) plans pursuant to Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.
This was according to Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and LGU Concerns Benny Antiporda, who concurrently chairs the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC).
Antiporda said the approved SWM plans of 20 LGUs, mostly from Luzon, signifies the commitment and cooperation of LGUs to a cleaner environment and better health for their constituents.
Last month, the NSWMC also approved the SWM plans of Quezon City and 15 municipalities in Luzon.
Antiporda said the DENR and the NSWMC are committed to providing technical assistance to LGUs in preparing and implementing their respective SWM plans.
The approved SWM plans include strategies on residual, recyclable, biodegradable and special wastes such as the strict implementation of the “No Segregation, No Collection” policy, recycling of single-use plastics, and composting and construction of vault for health care wastes. Municipal ordinances in support of these strategies were also identified.