Sorsogon City: Options for Developing a New Landfill

Technical assistance was provided to five municipalities in Asia, including Sorsogon City, to upgrade their 10-year solid waste management plans. Photo credit: ADB.
Technical assistance was provided to five municipalities in Asia, including Sorsogon City, to upgrade their 10-year solid waste management plans. Photo credit: ADB.

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.

Project information

Project snapshot

  • April 2015: Project start
  • March 2017: Project end
  • US$ 1.4 million: Total cost of technical assistance over 2 years
  • Financing
  • Others
    • Sorsogon City, City Environment and Natural Resources Office: Stakeholders

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  • Lyndsay Chapple
    Environmental engineering consultant

    Lyndsay Chapple has worked in solid waste management for more than 3 decades. His expertise covers all aspects of solid waste management, ranging from environmental assessments to detailed design of facilities. His passion is developing site-specific solutions that are pragmatic and sustainable.

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  • Andrew McIntyre
    Senior Urban Development Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank

    Andrew McIntyre leads ADB’s Future Cities Program, operationalizing a One ADB approach to better engage with Asian cities over  the long term, by facilitating cross-sectoral knowledge and financing partners, broadening project pipelines and ensuring integrated results. Andrew's career spans 32 years, 60 projects and in 35 ADB developing member countries.

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   Philippines, Environment, Health, Urban development
   Last updated: March 2017



The views expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Asian Development Bank, its management, its Board of Directors, or its members.

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