SAN JOSE, Antique– This capital town is planning to construct a sanitary landfill worth P20million near the old dumpsite area in Barangay Pantao. Starting thisMarch, the local government unit (LGU) will strictly implement its ordinance onsolid waste management wherein unsegregated garbage will not be collected,Untaran added. Recently,Josephine Maguad of the Provincial Environment Management Office said LGUs inthe province were unable to establish their sanitary landfill because itentails cost and their proposed sites could hardly pass the criteria based onthe environmental and geological assessments. “Putting up asanitary landfill really requires allocation,” added Maguad.(With a report from PNA/PN) “With strict wastesegregation by the households, we hope that half of the 16 tons of solid wasteswill be reduced,” Untaran said. “The old openregulated dumpsite in Pantao had already been there for decades,” Mayor ElmerUntaran said on Jan 10. He added otherLGUs could possibly have a cluster and establish a common sanitary landfill. Around 16 tons ofsolid wastes are disposed of daily in the open dumpsite, which is nearly full,he said. He added the fundwill come from the office of Antique Lone District Rep. Loren Legarda and theproject is expected to be finished within the year. Mayor Elmer Untaran of San Jose, Antique says the capital town will have its first sanitary landfill. PNA/ANNABEL CONSUELO PETINGLAY “The barangayswill take charge of collecting garbage from the households to the materialsrecovery facility (MRF) in every barangay,” he said, adding the five garbagetrucks of the LGU will collect the garbage from the MRF to the sanitarylandfill.