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50 environment groups want DENR to cancel rule on burning wastes

  • Written by Cory Martinez
  • Published in Nation
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SOME 50 ecology groups urged Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez to revoke a regulation allowing burn technologies for municipal solid wastes that was adopted on June 9.

The groups made the appeal through a resolution which they submitted during a meeting with Lopez recently.
   
The groups sought for the cancellation of the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) Resolution 669, Series of 2016 and to fully enforce sustainable practices in waste management without incineration as stated in Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act).
   
The NSWMC regulation provides for the “Guidelines Governing the Establishment and Operation of Waste-to-Energy Technologies (WtE) for Municipal Solid Wastes.”
   
The groups’ resolution was adopted at the General Assembly of the Green Convergence for Safe Food, Health Environment and Sustainable Economy last August 30 and was endorsed by  the Green Thumb Coalition meeting on Aug. 31. 
   
“We thank Sec. Lopez for hearing us out and for considering a review of the controversial WtE guidelines, which, if not repealed, would undermine the country’s efforts to sustainably address our waste problem without incinerating resources that could be reused, recycled or composted instead,” said Aileen Lucero, national coordinator of EcoWaste Coalition. 
   
Lucero said that it will be reprehensible to squander massive amounts of public funds to construct, operate and sustain WtE burners when simpler, job-creating and safer solutions exist as specified in RA 9003.