HomeIAMURE International Journal of Ecology and Conservationvol. 3 no. 1 (2012)

Solid Waste Management Practices in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

Manuel A. Bajet Jr. | Gilbert R. Arce | Jimmy R. Soria | Joussie Bajet Bermio | Crizzle A. Bajet-paz | Junel Bryan Bajet



Solid waste management must be implemented consistently and effectively. The study aimed to assess the implementation of Solid Waste Management Program of Vigan City Province of Ilocos, Philippines. Specifically, it focused on identifying its solid waste recovery facility, type of wastes and its practices segregation, collection, disposal and utilization of wastes.Solid waste management practices such as on segregation was religiously followed by all constituents however, hazardous waste were treated in accordance to existing laws of the DENR and DOH. Collected wastes were segregated at the recovery site. Utilization of wastes includes production of organic fertilizer from compostable wastes, collected plastic containers were processed into plastic tables/monoblocks, cellophane were used as a cotton substitute for pillows, used as material for making souvenir items while paper waste were converted into paper pulp which can use as cooking fuel. Scrap iron and metals collected were sold by and spent for the maintenance of the recovery facilities. Produce organic fertilizers were given for free to poor farmers and sold at a minimal amount to those who could afford to pay through the Department of Agriculture. Monoblocks were utilized at the Day Care Centers of the City. Collected plastics cellophane for pillows and for souvenir items was given to poor families as their livelihood project.