Iloilo City, PH stakeholders provide waste stream insights, possible plastic waste management strategies

Behavior change, capacity building, and improved infrastructures—these are just some of the key actions that can help Iloilo City, Philippines better address its plastic waste problem. 

45 stakeholders representing the city’s various waste streams arrived at these insights last 9 March 2022 during a multi-stakeholder consultation workshop organized under the Developing Plastic Waste-free Cities program jointly implemented by the Alliance to End Plastic Waste and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Southeast Asia Secretariat. 

The waste stream representatives included those from Generation, Collection and Transport, Sorting, Processing, and Recycling, Disposal, and Institutional sectors.

Held to discuss possible plastic waste management strategies, the workshop specifically aimed at surfacing (1) issues and concerns the stakeholders are experiencing in their respective streams, (2) activities or initiatives that can help address the issues, and (3) the needed support they think will be needed for the actions to be implemented. 

Currently, Iloilo City’s average per capita generation sits at 0.88kg/day, totalling approximately 500,000kg/day of solid waste. Of this amount, around 63% is being collected by the city, while 37% are unmanaged and either recovered through informal waste recovery or leaked into the environment. The amount of unrecovered plastic waste in the city is approximately 93,500kg/day.

Unfortunately, Iloilo City is located next to a major marine sanctuary and features various rivers that cut through the city and into the sea. These factors, along with other environmental and health impacts, point to an urgent need to control and reduce local plastic waste.

The multi-stakeholder consultation workshop is one of the key steps towards this end. In addition to the proposed key actions, several solid waste management infrastructure projects were also identified to help the city in implementing the strategies and address the plastic problem. These will be submitted to AEPW for possible funding opportunities in October 2022.

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