Thursday, February 11, 2016

New trucks for DC’s garbage

DAVAO CITY- The first batch of about eight compactor trucks have already been delivered.

“However they are still waiting for papers and registrations.” Says City Environment and Natural Resources Office head Engineer Eliza Madrazo during the today’s (Feb. 11) I-Speak Media Forum at the Davao City Hall.
Madrazo said 22 compactor trucks have been ordered of which 12 are brand new and 10 are reconditioned trucks.

She said these compactors will augment the present garbage collection trucks which are rented dump trucks. The city rents about 100 dump trucks for garbage collection.

The compactors will not be deployed the whole day as a means of preventive maintenance. Madrazo is eyeing these compactors be deployed during the night time when trucks start collecting garbage accumulated during daytime.

The compactors are bigger than the rented dump trucks. The compactors have a capacity of 14-16 cubic feet as compared to the dump trucks with a capacity of 12 to 14 cubic feet. Based in 2015 figures the city collects about 460, 286 cubic meters of garbage daily.

Madrazo said the compactors will lessen the dump truck rental costs of the city. The city averages about P10-million to P13-million in rentals for the trucks. The rentals cover gasoline expenses, the salaries of the driver and maintenance costs.

Meanwhile a batch 4,000 new garbage bins have arrived. The City has ordered 13,000 garbage bins which is bigger than the previous garbage bins distributed across the city. The new bins have a capacity of 600 liters as compared to the 350 liters of the old garbage bins.

The CENRO head expects the bins to be fully delivered by the end of February.
The will be reorienting the City’s barangays in handling the new garbage bins. (PIA/RG Alama)

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