By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
June 2, 2017

A consortium of local government units (LGUs) in the third legislative district of Negros Occidental is considering the installation of a waste-to-energy plant.

According to Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, the five LGUs, together with local congressman, Rep. Alfredo Benitez, are “negotiating with an American firm for the project that will convert plastic waste into diesel.”

The project looks to minimize costs associated with the acquisition and maintenance of landfills.

The mayor explained, after 50 to 100 years, the areas where these dumps are established will no longer be utilized.

“In the next five years, there will be new technologies on waste that we can adopt,” said the mayor.

“We are keeping our options open,” he added.

Palanca explained his city has already received an offer from a private corporation to haul its garbage. Through segregation, the city’s daily garbage would be reduced from 30 to 10 tons but he expressed doubts if the company would be able to undertake the contract.

He said he is looking into a public-private partnership “so government funds can be used for other projects.”

The Third District covers Victorias City, Silay City, Talisay City, EB Magalona, and Murcia./WDJ