Group bucks waste-to-energy project in QC | Inquirer Business

Group bucks waste-to-energy project in QC

By: - Business News Editor / @daxinq
/ 05:08 AM March 14, 2019

An environmental group opposed to garbage incineration is urging the Quezon City government to cancel a planned waste-to-energy facility that will be set up with a consortium of local and foreign firms, calling the project “a clear violation” of existing environmental laws.

In a statement, No Burn Pilipinas (NBP) denounced the Quezon City local government, outgoing Mayor Herbert Bautista and a group composed of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), Covanta Energy and the Macquarie Group for pushing the project despite opposition from residents and civil society organizations.

“We ask the office of Mayor Bautista to respond to NBP’s position paper submitted in January 2019 before including the proposal in their council agenda,” the group said, adding that the city council has been meaning to pass an ordinance since last month allowing the Office of the Mayor to proceed with the public-private deal and declaring MPIC the sole and original proponent.


Sponsored by Councilors Franz Pumaren, Donato Matias, Elizabeth Delarmente and Godofredo Liban, the project will process and convert up to 3,000 metric tons of municipal solid waste a day into 42 megawatts of renewable energy over a concession period of 35 years.


NBP said the Quezon City government was pursuing the project over the objections of local residents, waste-pickers and environmental groups concerned about potential health and environmental hazards.

“The proposed incinerator will use fire grates to ensure waste combustion, which will cause emissions of toxic and hazardous cancer-causing pollutants like dioxins and furans—a clear violation of the Clean Air Act and Ecological Solid Waste Management Act,” the group said.

The group added that construction of waste incinerators would also require 3,000 metric tons of waste a day, which means collecting, hauling and supplying the incinerator more than the amount of waste Quezon City produces daily.

“This creates an endless demand for waste, therefore leaving us in gridlock in addressing the problems of solid waste management,” NBP said.

In seeking the scrapping of the project, NBP said Mayor Bautista should carefully study the cost-benefit analysis of the waste-to-energy facility and to go beyond “surface-level convenience” in planning for better solid waste management approaches.

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