BAGUIO City is testing out a new set of garbage bins in a bid to ease garbage collection for the city’s garbage workers.
FIVE units of automated garbage collectors (AGCs) are currently in place along Legarda Road, borrowed at no cost from a private company, according to General Services Officer Eugene Buyucan,
The garbage bins are self-loading, requiring no human intervention to unload itself into waiting garbage trucks, but their effectiveness is still to be determined by the tests.
The city officials said that if the experiment turns out well, the AGC system could be adopted in the city and will be stationed at identified garbage collection points in the barangays, thereby minimizing the risk of scattered garbage by stray animals.
The testing and adoption of AGCs is part of the city’s bid to privatize as much of its waste disposal as possible to reduce the cost of operations by transferring non-biodegradable solid waste to a private sanitary landfill outside the city’s borders.
GSO estimates savings of up to P45 million with the proposed privatization on collection and hauling of the garbage from source to the landfill.