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Trash haulers claim ‘tipping fee’ for sanitary landfill too high

A group of private trash haulers and recyclers complained about the rising tipping fee for the sanitary landfill.

According to Andre Bucu of ABB Scrap Green Solutions, the P3 per kilo tipping fee pursuant to the said Revised Revenue Code of 2017 is “too high and maintaining such would be unsustainable for our operations.”

The private trash haulers were commissioned by the city government to collect the trash from private subdivisions, shopping malls, and other commercial establishments.

Additionally, Pascaul Trangia, Norbel Aguilles, Jimmy Galve and Arnel Gorre signed the letter which said that they are not only engaged in business, but are also “helping the city save time, fuel cost, manpower, trucking, and maintenance cost.”

They also emphasized that there were no prior consultation among small trash haulers before the increase.

The haulers then petitioned the City Council to reduce the fee or change the payment arrangement on a monthly or a per-kilo basis.

“We are appealing to you humbly to you to please allow us to pay P10,000 monthly for our fee in the landfill in order for us to sustain our operations,” the group said.

Bucu, on the other hand, asked to reduce the tipping fee to P1 per kilo as they are not only a for-profit business.

Virginia Pusod, City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) Industrial Waste Management head, said the 2017 Revenue Code has imposed a P3.00 tipping fee for every three cubic meters of trash collected. Otherwise, it will be collected by their office for free.

The public hearing last week initiated by the committee on finance suggested to cut the tipping fee to P1.00.

Davao City generates about 870 tons of waste per day and about 600 tons go to the sanitary landfill.

The other wastes are either recycled at source or end up at the materials recovery facility operated by the barangays.

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