It seems the proposed waste-to-energy project was able to secure the approval of various sectors in Puerto Princesa City as no strong objection to the project was raised during the public hearing held today, March 29 at the City Coliseum.
According to Mayor Bayron, the project has to push through because the current landfill is expected to be filled up in 3-5 years.
Bayron said that as the population grows there is an apparent increase in the volume of garbage in the city that should be addressed proactively. When the landfill is already used up, billions of money shall be needed to create or expand the existing area thus the city government sees the project as the best option according to Bayron.
The proponent Greg Burton of Austwork Corporation, capsulized the project concept as simply conversion of garbage from the landfill to green renewable energy or electricity which can produce up to 5 megawatts.
According to Burton, through the help of technology, methane gas will be extracted from the garbage, it will be burned to generate heat and electricity.
Burton added that the project will provide additional renewable energy to city residents, efficiency in the waste collection management, employment, and the promotion of recycling of gas and metals.
Atty. Grizelda Mayo-Anda of Environmental Legal Assistance Center raised concern on the viability and sustainability of the project to which Burton assured so.