Baguio City's trash problem.

@jessej9 (395)
Philippines
August 6, 2008 10:43am CST
I am being disturbed about the situation here in Baguio City. Well the dumpsite in Irisan, which has been the dumpsite for Baguio's trash for more than 30 years is still in the process of again being fully operational. News of it being closed because it is full in capacity reached my ears from the last month. And now, to think that the Summer Capital of the Philippines is full of trash bags scattered around the street gives me a sad thought. What's happening with the garbage problem, it is really sad to see bags of garbage in the street, and I do hope that the government will be able to solve this. One thing that I do not understand about this matter is why did the dump site issue any warning that it is about to be full in capacity, why wait for the dump site to be full because saying that it is near it's maximum capacity. And now the city suffers in the consequence.
7 responses
• Philippines
8 Aug 08
Hi there jessej9! I am from Baguio City and I must say that I am also very disappointed with what is going on right now. The dumpsite has been closed because it can no longer hold any additional garbage. The government has been looking for a place to dump our garbage. So far, they were able to find one which will allow us to dump our garbage in their dumpsite. It's somewhere in Tarlac. It will cost us around P60M annually though. I hope they will be able to solve this problem soon as our city is already very dirty and stinky due to all those garbage that remain uncollected.
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@jessej9 (395)
• Philippines
8 Aug 08
Yeah I've heard about it. A source says that P23k is being placed to haul the garbage from Baguio to Tarlac in a truck. And that's P23k per truck and we have atleast 11 trucks roaming the city. The question is how many trucks will it take for us to gather the trash from all over Baguio, because as I know those 11 trucks will not be enough. And the budget for that would be around P250k, but before, those trucks roam atleast twice a week so that's 500k already! Thing about the 4 weeks and the 12 months then!
7 Aug 08
I usually go to Baguio for my vacations anhen maybe d when visiting some friends. Baguio is a beautiful place where anyone can relax because of the fresh and cool air. You can enjoy the flowers and tall trees that are everywhere. Imagine having bags of garbage around the street! Then maybe visiting Baguio will not be worth it anymore!!!
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@jessej9 (395)
• Philippines
8 Aug 08
Baguio would lose income from the tourist which is a major element of the income of the people here. It just destroys the image of Baguio. I do hope that we would be able to recover from this problem.
@alena824 (376)
• Philippines
7 Aug 08
Not only is it disturbing, it is appalling! How can the people of baguio City stand the fact that everywhere the look trash is set to engulf them? My question is this: why are the residents only relying on government to solve the worsening garbage situation? Why not take it upon themselves to contribute by first, not leaving the trash out in the streets when it is almost certain no one will collect them. There are so many ways to deal with garbage, and some communities have even managed to minimize the waste they have to dispose of. The solution is in reducing, recycling, and re-using. Dig up your backyard to dump organic wastes. At least, it'll convert to compost at some future time. Not only will you reduce the trash you need to dispose, you also help resuscitate the dying environment. Citizens should also take the effort to segregate the bottles, plastics and other non-biodegradable waste. You must have junk shops around the city that buy these. What can be re-used, wash them well, dry them and use them again. If you insist of waiting for government to address this problem you might already be buried under a ton of trash.
@jessej9 (395)
• Philippines
8 Aug 08
I agree with what you said, the citizens should also take part in the trash problem. The problem today is that there are so many trash to deal with, but so little time and little man power to deal with it. the 3rs would help and I see many people gathering bottles from the trash, they have collected a lot. That takes care of one thing, well, now I'm really contributing too by using less plastics as much as possible. I opt for the recyclable things in my everyday chores. Let it be a wake up call to the people to really, take part in the trash problem since this is our city after all.
@jep_toyo (1607)
• Philippines
7 Aug 08
Baguio is one of my favorite places for vacation and it's very sad to see that litter is everywhere when i last went there.
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@jessej9 (395)
• Philippines
8 Aug 08
Yeah, what's bad is that the air is so polluted. First because of the diesel exhaust just literally filing the air because of the many vehicles here. I remember when I first went in Baguio during my childhood days, there were no taxis, and only a few jeepneys, the air was so different back then. And now with the garbage problem, the air becomes more dirty and polluted.
@ishralene09 (2260)
• Philippines
6 Aug 08
It's kind of sad, because Baguio is like one of those hot tourist spots. I even plan to go there with my girlfriend on my birthday. I do hope that the government do something about this. Manila is full of trash, now Baguio is full of trash too? Man the Philippines have so much problem when it comes to waste disposal, don't you agree? I really do hope that problem be fixed in the future. I don't want to see Baguio in such a state. I still remember the last time I went there, it was 2004 and the place looks so beautiful. Man I miss the place.
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@jessej9 (395)
• Philippines
8 Aug 08
Yeah, I do hope that the government will be able to solve the problem. Right now, when you walk down Session Road, it's normal to see at least 4 garbage bags huddled together in one spot, and maybe there would be at least 6 or more of those garbage bag pile up along the road. Yeah I wonder why the country can't really combat the garbage that it produces, is it something with the people? Or is it a problem that the government ignores or can't have a solution to combat. Yes I do hope that Baguio would return to it's beauty once again. God bless Baguio!
@z1mzAm82 (35)
• Philippines
7 Aug 08
OMG!. your local officials must do something regarding that problem. Baguio is a very nice place.
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@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
12 Aug 08
Friend when we visit Baguio again, I promise not to add waste in your place.