General Santos City will soon boast the country’s first large scale mechanized Central Materials Recovery Facility (CMRF). The groundbreaking for the MRF happened on the 12th of December 2017 at the site of the General Santos City Sanitary Landfill in Barangay Sinawal. The MRF was made possible through Component 3 of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) called “Demonstration of Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP) in Open Burning Activities in Response to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)”.
The MRF, designed by Markell Machineries Manufacturing, is envisioned to process about 100 TPD of segregated municipal solid waste (MSW). The MRF will divert the remaining recyclable plastics, metals, paper, glass and other high value wastes out of the waste stream to be recycled or repurposed while wastes that cannot be recycled or repurposed, residual wastes, will be disposed in the sanitary landfill. The biodegradable wastes will be dried and composted into fertilizer. The MRF is semi - automatic yet simple to operate and maintain.
The groundbreaking was presided by Mr. Ferdinand Pareja, the OIC Head of the Waste Management Office of General Santos City along with Engr. Bernabe M. Archeta the president of Markell Machineries Manufacturing and Haidee Piniero of UNIDO. The Regional Director of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), RD Ma. Socorro C. Lanto, also grace the groundbreaking in unwavering support for the project with the staff from EMB Central and General Santos City.