LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Sept. 15 (PIA) -- The solid waste management program of the municipality got a boost with the inauguration and blessing last week of three newly-purchased garbage trucks.
The three trucks - two units six wheeler and one 10-wheeler - will augment the existing garbage trucks that were purchased about 10-15 years ago. The 10-wheeler truck has a capacity of 20 tons while the six-wheeler trucks have capacities of 15 tons each.
Mayor Romeo Salda said the purchase of the three trucks was programmed last year with P17 million allotment.
Arthur Pedro, head of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office, said the municipal government was spending a lot for repairs and maintenance of the old trucks. Moreover, the safety of collectors and drivers especially when they transport and haul the collected garbage to the dumpsite in Wangal, which is very steep, is at risk.
The new trucks will cater to areas along the highway while the old units will be conditioned as standby to cater to service areas, Pedro said.
Pedro also disclosed that with the installation of “Bantay Basura” in every collection point, the trash collection of recyclables has been reduced from 50 tons to 30 tons daily.
The Bantay Basura are installed to monitor the collected trash and ensure the collected trash are segregated and not scattered along the highway.
Such mechanism impacts with reduced operations cost of trucks with fewer trash collection. (JDP/Susan Aro-PIA-CAR, Benguet)