The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is set to finish the installation of the first-ever, large-scale mechanized central materials recovery facility (MRF) in the country.
Located in Barangay Sinawal, General Santos City, the MRF is envisioned to process segregated municipal solid waste (MSW). The MRF will divert recyclable plastics, metals, paper, glass, and other high value wastes to be recycled or repurposed, while residual wastes – or wastes that are otherwise cannot be recycled or repurposed – will be disposed of in the sanitary landfill. Biodegradable wastes will be dried and composted into fertilizer.
The MRF is designed by Markell Machineries Manufacturing, which has started construction in April 2018. Utilizing mostly diesel engines for its operations, the facility is simple to operate and maintain.
The MRF is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and is implemented by UNIDO under 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).” (BAT & BEP/ Karen Ann Pacpaco)