THE city council approved the city’s comprehensive hazardous waste management ordinance in an effort to address the worsening problem on the risks posed by improper garbage disposal in the city.
Authored by councilors Maria Lourdes Gaane and Enrico Salcedo, Ordinance 13715-2019 sets the rules on the proper handling, storage, collection, transport, treatment and disposal of hazardous wastes in the city.
Gaane is chairperson of the city council’s committee on health while Salcedo is the chairman of the local legislature’s committee on environment.
Based on the new city law, no hazardous waste should be transported or treated without going through the Online Hazardous Waste Manifest System issued by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).
It requires all waste generators, transporters and treatment, storage and disposal facilities to train their personnel on hazardous waste management, and to have contingency plan compliance monitoring procedures.
The Gaane-Salcedo ordinance also prescribes the responsibilities of waste transporters and waste generators, among others.
Prohibited acts include the unauthorized transport of hazardous wastes, transport, dumping or discharge of prohibited chemicals and substances or pollutants as provided for in RepublicAct 6969. (SP)