To increase the number of households that practice proper solid waste management (SWM)* from 27% to 90% in Barangay Manguiles, Municipality of Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur by year 2020.
* The following conditions must be met for a household to be considered as properly practicing SWM:
UPDATES EVERY EXPOSURE
Specific Objective 1
To identify the current knowledge and practices of each household regarding SWM
Specific Objective 2
To determine the common type of waste generated by the community residents
Specific Objective 3
To strengthen existing SWM plans in the barangay and municipal level
Specific Objective 4
To increase community’s knowledge and awareness on proper SWM on the household and school levels
Specific Objective 5
To promote social mobilization in practicing proper waste segregation and disposal
Specific Objective 6
To promote composting practices among households
Specific Objective 7
To promote recycling practices among households
Specific Objective 8
To determine improvement in the SWM practices among households
The figure below depicts the proper waste segregation practices among households. There was a noted decline in the waste segregation practices during the second monitoring. One of the explored reasons for this was the households’ lack of motivation to segregate because of the inconsistency of the municipal garbage truck to collect their waste.
Accordingly, despite the set schedule, there were times that no collection occurred, consequently causing their waste to pile up and be rummaged by stray dogs. In order to address this, the team re-established the schedule of collection with the MDRRMO-SWM. Upon the next re-survey and ocular inspection, it was observed that most (83%) households already have separate containers for different types of garbage at home. There were still few households who were not practicing proper segregation. This may be due to their lack of knowledge and awareness on its importance and health impacts. Another possible reason was their inability to transport their waste to the purok collection point due to their distance from it.
Figures below illustrate the different methods of disposal for each type of waste.
As for biodegradable waste, which is the major type of waste produced by the households, there was a noted spike in the number of households that were practicing composting (71%). There was also noted decline in unhealthy methods of disposal which include open burning and open dumping. There were still some who practiced these unhealthy methods as they had the wrong notion that burning biodegradable waste could help prevent diseases such as dengue.
As for the non-biodegradable waste, households already opt to wait for the monthly garbage collection by the municipal garbage truck in order to dispose of their residuals. There were still households, however, that resorted to open burning and open dumping. One of the reasons is the distance of other households from the purok collection points. They are unmotivated to cross rivers and bridges to bring their collected residuals, thereby opting to unhealthy methods of disposal. This low motivation and compliance may also be due to the low number of residuals that they produce.
Majority (74%) of the households continuously sell their recyclables to the coordinated junkshop as there are now available sidecars that roam around the barangay at fixed schedules. Few, however, continue to practice harmful methods of disposal.
Overall, there was an increasing trend in practicing proper SWM based from the set criteria. Although this shows a positive result, the team still did not meet its objective of 90%. One of the major reasons is the presence of households that continually practice unhealthy methods of disposal and this can be because of the lack of awareness and knowledge on how environmental health affects personal safety. The distance of some households from the purok collection points could also serve as a barrier for them to practice proper SWM. Although the team did not achieve the goal of 90%, the barangay has now a more established system and resources on SWM since there is already a set schedule for garbage collection and purok clean-ups, and the presence of three (3) MRFs in the barangay.
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