CLARK SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE, PAMPANGA: Metro Clark Waste Management (MCWM) has announced that it would invest P300 million in the expansion of its facilities to ensure continued service for the growing waste management needs of its local government units and corporate clients, while maintaining stricter protocols for the safety of its employees and partners.

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The Metro Clark Waste Management’s facility in Sitio Kalangitan, Clark Special Economic Zone is gearing for expansion on Feb. 18, 2021. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Situated in Sitio Kalangitan, Clark Special Economic Zone, MCWM will expand its engineered sanitary landfill by another seven hectares set to be completed this year.

MCWM is accelerating investment; building an additional leachate treatment plant to ensure proper treatment of waste by-products, as well as a separate disposal cell for industrial waste, said Vicky Gaetos, MCWM’s Executive Vice President and General Manager.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently reported its aim to close all open dumpsites, which are considered illegal, this year.

“At a time when many of our countrymen are facing so many challenges due to the pandemic, it is very gratifying to us that we can continue to provide such an essential service to our clients; and that they don’t need to worry about the proper disposal of their waste,” Gaetos said.

MCWM also continues to implement stricter on-site protocols to maintain regular operations and ensure its employees’ safety.

These measures include regular and frequent disinfection of its waste collection trucks and official company vehicles; deployment of personal protective equipment for all staff, including hospital-grade gear for trained personnel inspecting medical waste; use of only company-provided footwear inside the premises; and implementation of comprehensive protocols for suspected, confirmed and recovering cases.

Moreover, MCWM continues to support the DENR ongoing thrust to ensure the strict compliance to the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 of waste disposal sites in the Philippines.

MCWM, as part of a consortium with partners from Germany and the United Arab Emirates.

The system will employ proven globally proven technologies involving waste sorting, and the construction of a 35MW waste-to-energy plant, all of which will effectively expand the landfill’s capacity for another 50 years.

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