Sorsogon City: Options for Developing a New Landfill
Sorsogon City in the Philippines is investigating options for upgrading its open dumpsites to a properly managed landfill.
Sorsogon City in the Philippines is in urgent need of a new well-operated controlled disposal facility. The city provides the solid waste management service rather than a private operator. Services range from waste collection to disposal and includes information, education, and communication campaigns to reduce waste. One of the city’s two dumps is closed, and the second is poorly operated and generates landfill leachate with associated environmental and public health risks.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) provided technical assistance on mainstreaming solid waste management to Sorsogon City and four other cities in Asia. Key assistance was reviewing current activities and upgrading 10-year SWM plans to improve the overall system as well as delivering one tailored project for each city. Issues covered were waste avoidance, minimization, and recycling; waste haulage and disposal; and information, education and communication campaigns.
After consulting stakeholders, the project team and the Sorsogon City developed and agreed on an enhanced 10-year integrated solid waste management plan with a range of new activities. Due to strong interest from city, the project team conducted a pre-feasibility study into the design and cost of a controlled landfill facility based on the site topography and area available.
- 46248-001: Regional Capacity Development Technical Assistance on Mainstreaming Solid Waste Management in Asia
- April 2015: Project start
- March 2017: Project end
- US$ 1.4 million: Total cost of technical assistance over 2 years
Philippines, Environment, Health, Urban development
Last updated: March 2017
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