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Koreans turn over eco-waste system to Guiuan

Guiuan Municipal Plaza photographed in December 2016. (Courtesy of Fr. Andiy Egargo)

GUIUAN, Eastern Samar, March 28, 2017–The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the UNDP turned over on March 17 to the local government unit of Guiuan the first ever materials recovery facility and eco-waste management center in Eastern Samar.

KOICA country director Shin Myung Seop travelled to the town of Guiuan to lead the turnover of the facility built in connection to UNDP’s thrust of “building back better,” and helping communities by typhoon Yolanda get disaster-resilient infrastructure.

The Php10M grant to the municipality covered the construction of the Eco-Waste Management Center (EWMC) and purchase of equipment.

According to Rizalde Salamida, Municipal General Services Officer and EWC manager, waste segregation has been practiced in the town since last year and barangays have their own materials recovery facility where garbage from households is further sorted.

Salamida also said that the LGU earns from recyclable waste by selling them to junkshops.

The 1.9 hectare property has a windrow and vermicomposting area, a containment chamber for medical wastes, a nursery and a demo farm.

“From our waste materials, we produce our own deodorizer so we don’t have the usual unpleasant odor associated with other dumpsites,” Salamida told ESTE News.

In 2016, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources recognized Guiuan for its “Best Practice” in the implementation of solid waste management.

Guiuan Mayor Christopher Sheen Gonzales said the LGU is collaborating with other mayors and LGUs who have expressed intent in learning from Guiuans EWMC. (Eden Cidro/Este News)

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