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Title: Integration of the informal sector into municipal solid waste management in the Philippines - What does it need?

Abstract

The integration of the informal sector into municipal solid waste management is a challenge many developing countries face. In Iloilo City, Philippines around 220 tons of municipal solid waste are collected every day and disposed at a 10 ha large dumpsite. In order to improve the local waste management system the Local Government decided to develop a new Waste Management Center with integrated landfill. However, the proposed area is adjacent to the presently used dumpsite where more than 300 waste pickers dwell and depend on waste picking as their source of livelihood. The Local Government recognized the hidden threat imposed by the waste picker's presence for this development project and proposed various measures to integrate the informal sector into the municipal solid waste management (MSWM) program. As a key intervention a Waste Workers Association, called USWAG Calahunan Livelihood Association Inc. (UCLA) was initiated and registered as a formal business enterprise in May 2009. Up to date, UCLA counts 240 members who commit to follow certain rules and to work within a team that jointly recovers wasted materials. As a cooperative they are empowered to explore new livelihood options such as the recovery of Alternative Fuels for commercial (cement industry) andmore » household use, production of compost and making of handicrafts out of used packages. These activities do not only provide alternative livelihood for them but also lessen the generation of leachate and Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions from waste disposal, whereby the life time of the proposed new sanitary landfill can be extended likewise.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [1]; ;  [2]
  1. GIZ-AHT Project Office SWM4LGUs, c/o DENR, Iloilo City (Philippines)
  2. General Service Office, City Government, Iloilo City (Philippines)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22089894
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Waste Management
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 32; Journal Issue: 11; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2012 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0956-053X
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES; ALTERNATIVE FUELS; COMPOST; GREENHOUSE GASES; HOUSEHOLDS; LOCAL GOVERNMENT; MATERIALS RECOVERY; MUNICIPAL WASTES; PERSONNEL; PHILIPPINES; SANITARY LANDFILLS; SOLID WASTES; URBAN AREAS

Citation Formats

Paul, Johannes G., E-mail: jp.aht.p3@gmail.com, Arce-Jaque, Joan, Ravena, Neil, and Villamor, Salome P. Integration of the informal sector into municipal solid waste management in the Philippines - What does it need?. United States: N. p., 2012. Web. doi:10.1016/J.WASMAN.2012.05.026.
Paul, Johannes G., E-mail: jp.aht.p3@gmail.com, Arce-Jaque, Joan, Ravena, Neil, & Villamor, Salome P. Integration of the informal sector into municipal solid waste management in the Philippines - What does it need?. United States. doi:10.1016/J.WASMAN.2012.05.026.
Paul, Johannes G., E-mail: jp.aht.p3@gmail.com, Arce-Jaque, Joan, Ravena, Neil, and Villamor, Salome P. Thu . "Integration of the informal sector into municipal solid waste management in the Philippines - What does it need?". United States. doi:10.1016/J.WASMAN.2012.05.026.
@article{osti_22089894,
title = {Integration of the informal sector into municipal solid waste management in the Philippines - What does it need?},
author = {Paul, Johannes G., E-mail: jp.aht.p3@gmail.com and Arce-Jaque, Joan and Ravena, Neil and Villamor, Salome P.},
abstractNote = {The integration of the informal sector into municipal solid waste management is a challenge many developing countries face. In Iloilo City, Philippines around 220 tons of municipal solid waste are collected every day and disposed at a 10 ha large dumpsite. In order to improve the local waste management system the Local Government decided to develop a new Waste Management Center with integrated landfill. However, the proposed area is adjacent to the presently used dumpsite where more than 300 waste pickers dwell and depend on waste picking as their source of livelihood. The Local Government recognized the hidden threat imposed by the waste picker's presence for this development project and proposed various measures to integrate the informal sector into the municipal solid waste management (MSWM) program. As a key intervention a Waste Workers Association, called USWAG Calahunan Livelihood Association Inc. (UCLA) was initiated and registered as a formal business enterprise in May 2009. Up to date, UCLA counts 240 members who commit to follow certain rules and to work within a team that jointly recovers wasted materials. As a cooperative they are empowered to explore new livelihood options such as the recovery of Alternative Fuels for commercial (cement industry) and household use, production of compost and making of handicrafts out of used packages. These activities do not only provide alternative livelihood for them but also lessen the generation of leachate and Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions from waste disposal, whereby the life time of the proposed new sanitary landfill can be extended likewise.},
doi = {10.1016/J.WASMAN.2012.05.026},
journal = {Waste Management},
issn = {0956-053X},
number = 11,
volume = 32,
place = {United States},
year = {2012},
month = {11}
}