General Santos City will soon boast the country’s first large-scale mechanized Central Materials Recovery Facility (CMRF). The groundbreaking for the construction of the MRF happened on the 12th of December 2017 at the General Santos City Sanitary Landfill in Barangay Sinawal. The MRF was made possible through Component 3 of the project, Demonstration of Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP) in Open Burning Activities in Response to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the project is implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The MRF, designed by Markell Machineries Manufacturing, is envisioned to process about 100 tons per day (TPD) of segregated municipal solid waste (MSW). The MRF will divert the remaining recyclable plastics, metals, paper, glass and other high value wastes out of the waste stream to be recycled or repurposed while wastes that cannot be recycled or repurposed (residual wastes) will be disposed of in the sanitary landfill. The biodegradable wastes will be dried and composted into fertilizer. The MRF is semi - automatic yet simple to operate and maintain.
The ceremony was presided by Mr. Ferdinand Pareja, the OIC Head of the Waste Management Office of General Santos City along with Engr. Bernabe Archeta, the president of Markell Machineries Manufacturing, and Haidee Piniero of UNIDO. EMB Regional Director Ma. Socorro Lanto along with staff members of EMB Central Office and General Santos City local government also attended the event to show and extend unwavering support for the project. (UNIDO BAT and BEP in Open Burning Activities/ Project Management Unit)