Cebu’s garbage disposal challenge


MARIT STINUS-CABUGON

GARBAGE here, there and everywhere. As if we didn’t have enough of our own, some countries even export their trash to our shores. Cebu City for one already has its hands full, with existing landfills all facing violations of environmental laws, or posing logistical challenges due to distance and traffic.

Since the overflowing Inayawan Sanitary Landfill was shut down for good, the city has been using three different, private landfills. The oldest of these is located in the town of Consolacion, a few kilometers to the north of Cebu City. Due to heavy traffic, garbage trucks, however, often make no more than one trip a day.

In January 2017, a private contractor started disposing of Cebu City’s garbage at a landfill in the small town of Aloguinsan. Located almost 70 kilometers from Cebu City, Aloguinsan…



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