Municipal waste management in metropolitan Manila, Philippines: The role of the city and the informal waste sector in mitigating climate change

Kevin Roy B. Serrona, Jeong Soo Yu

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Abstract

The number of those engaged in the informal waste sector in Metro Manila is about 12,000 compared to 20,000 in Calcutta, India and 15,000 in Mexico City. The informal waste sector refers to individuals, families, groups or small enterprises engaged in the recovery of waste materials with income generation as the main goal. Itinerant waste buyers, jumpers at collection trucks, garbage crew, waste reclaimers, and small and illegal junkshops comprise this sector. Some local and foreign communities have started to plan and integrate the informal waste sector in disposal facility management. In Lapu-lapu City, Cebu in Southern Philippines, the passage of RA 9003 pushed the local government to convert their 3-ha open dumpsite into a controlled disposal facility in 2005. The integration process cannot be done overnight. The backbone of involving them in the mainstream economy is the organization itself. Organizing them into cooperatives or associations requires much more than paperwork.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-36
Number of pages17
JournalRegional Development Dialogue
Volume31
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Sep 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development

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