The city submitted its 10-Year SWM Plan in to the DENR-EMB/NSWMC. In August 1, 2007, an Authority-to-Close (ATC) No. 11-0807 was granted by EMB-6 for its existing 1.7-hectare controlled dumpsite at Brgy. Sibaguan, after official submission of the Closure and Rehabilitation Plan.
The city then embarked on an advocacy program and prepared flyers for distribution to all communities in order to promote its SWM program.
With support from the GIZ-AHT SWM4LGUs, a Waste Analysis and Characterization Study (WACS) was conducted in 2008 in urban and sub-urban barangays of the city (See Table). The city’s MSW primarily comes from residential areas, public market areas, from commercial districts and from other sources. The average waste generation rate is 0.4 kg/capita/day and as of 2008, estimated waste generation is 59 tons daily.
Material Resources Recovery, Recycling and Composting. The MRF and composting facilities are both located within the disposal site in Brgy. Sibaguan. A permanent shed/building was constructed to house the facilities. In 2005, the city invested in dynamic composting systems, called drum cosposter, which was driven by an electric engine and rotate rather slowly around a horizontal axis to provide a continuous turning and hence better aeration. Although the controlled process offered to shorten the process time, the mechanical turning required energy input and process enhancer. The production capacity per day for 8 weeks treatment was rather low at 0.4 tons and can hardly recycle 10% of the collected organic waste. Even with the low production, the city still distributed some compost to its farmers. The city also contructed a shed that served as MRF where material recovery can be conducted by its recognized waste pickers. The MRF and composting facilities, however, are not anymore functional since Typhoon Frank in June 2007.
Dumpsite Closure and Rehabilitation. The existing open dump is located at Brgy. Sibaguan, approximately 8 kilometers from the city center and accessible through an asphalt-concrete main road and gravelly barangay road. The total area of the dumpsite is 5.0 hectares, however, only 1.7 hectares are utilized for waste disposal. A 1-unit bulldozer was acquired for exclusive use at the dumpsite. Even with the issuance of Authority to Close from DENR/EMB-6, based on the submitted Closure and Rehabilitation Plan for the controlled dumpsite, Roxas City has not started yet the closure of its open dump. The height of the waste disposed has already reached about 2 meters. Presently, the open dump is still used for the disposal of waste for the city, without implementation of soil cover.
Sanitary Landfill Establishment. GIZ/AHT SWM4LGUs has supported the city in the initial planning for the establishment of a sanitary landfill. The open dumpsite in Brgy. Sibaguan and an alternate proposed site for SLF in Brgy. San Jose were both qualified by the DENR/Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau-R6 as hydrogeologically suitable sites for the establishment of SLF. For the LGU, the currently operated dumpsite is a better option for SLF. However, since May 2009, no further planning was jointly conducted because LGU-Roxas City has not yet made a final decision on the site, even as the city is discussing for the source of fund to finance the proposed establishment of a SLF and to prepare the document in applying for an Environmental Compliance Certificate.
Cost Recovery. Through its Comprehensive and Integrated Solid Waste Management Ordinance No. 075, Series of 2001, Roxas City provided training to enforcers and deputized them to apprehend violations to the provisions of the SWM Ordinance, to issue citations and to collect the corresponding fines and penalties for the violations. As of 2006-2007, the total citation tickets issued was 390 and the total amount of fines collected was PhP 60,150.00.