Waste Disposal

Sewerage and Sanitation

It is estimated that about 64,775 households (93 of total) have private sanitary toilets and complete sanitation facilities. However, with the exception of industrial estates, there is no sewerage system in Santa Rosa City. Direct disposal of domestic wastewater through soil percolation or through drainage canals or directly to surface water bodies can contribute to the deterioration of creeks, rivers and the Laguna Lake.

A special concern for this infrastructure sub-sector is the lack of sanitation and toilet facilities during disaster response as identified during the 2012 Sectoral Analysis Workshop. It was noted that there is an increase in the number families getting sick while in evacuation centers.


Solid Waste Disposal System 

In 2013, the number of households with satisfactory garbage disposal was estimated to be around 95 percent, a slight decline from the 2011 figure of 98 percent. This is considered to be outstanding rate of solid waste disposal at the household level.


Table 7-4: Rate of Solid Waste Disposal at the Household Level in Santa Rosa City


The City of Santa Rosa has adopted a 1 O-year Solid Waste Management Plan which requires that the City Government, through the supervision of the City ENRO, provide daily garbage collection on the 18 barangays, including almost all private subdivision. PTAC uses 29 dump trucks tracking different routes per day. Industries, shopping malls, restaurants, and high-end residential subdivisions have their own private hauler to collect and dispose their waste including special wastes.

It also includes the operation of the Eco-Waste Center, located at the Barangay Market Area, to convert biodegradable wastes from the Santa Rosa Public Market into an organic fertilizer through the process of composting. These wastes include rotten fruits and vegetables, fruit and vegetable peelings, chicken innards, fish gills, scales and innards. An estimated of 50 kilos of wastes per day are being collected from the public market.

The collected wastes in the City of Santa Rosa are hauled directly to the sanitary landfill of the Pilotage Trading and Construction (PTAC) in Brgy. San Antonio in San Pedro, Laguna with an ECCLLDA-2006-095-92001. The sanitary landfill has an area of 12 hectares with a capacity of not more than 200 metric tons per day. An estimated of 600 cubic meters of wastes are being collected per day from the 18 urban barangays of the City of Santa Rosa. All raw and assorted garbage are disposed to the landfill area wherein the recyclables are being collected by the waste pickers who are legally recognized by PTAC. These waste pickers are educated and trained for the proper waste management system. They are provided uniforms and safety personal protective equipments (PPE) such as gloves, masks, and boots.

The main issue identified as far as solid waste is the lack of land for MRF and pick­up stations. Residents complain when these facilities are near their houses with the fear of diseases and bad odor and fumes.


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