Capas, Tarlac—The largest sanitary landfill in Central Luzon—a 70-hectare garbage deposit of Metro Clark Waste Management Corp. situated at Barangay Kalangitan here—will soon energize its surrounding communities, including the New Clark City, using German technology in a waste-to-energy process.
“Works are on progress and it would be operational in two years,” said German engineer Holger Holst, founder of the MCWMC, during a press conference shortly after a familiarization tour with selected newsmen from different provinces in the region.
The technology that will convert waste into energy is the first in the country, as the fumes that will be extracted from the garbage pile “is a good source of renewable energy,” Holst added.
The Metro Clark dumping site accommodates 3,000 tons of garbage per day from different municipalities in Central Luzon, including the Clark and Subic freeports, said Rufo Colayco, president and CEO of MCWMC.
“We are currently servicing almost all LGUs in Region 3, and we plan to expand to other areas including Bulacan, Metro Manila and in northern Luzon,” Colayco pointed out.
MCWMC occupies 100 hectares of upland property in Capas, with 70 hectares dedicated as a dumping ground and the rest for recycling facilities and buffer for further improvement.
The landfill applies a cutting-edge technology and advanced engineering from a world leader in responsible waste management, said Colayco.
“Unlike any other landfill sites, the garbage being brought to MCWMC are properly treated and disposed with the guarantee of environment safety and protection,” said Holst.
Colayco said garbage is a product of economic prosperity. As the countrys’ economy has improved, the more garbage is produced.
“Where will all these be dumped? By using garbage as fuel to produce energy, we would reduce by 70 percent the volume of garbage that’s needed to be disposed at MCWMC,” he explained.