Cleaning-Up Tacloban: A Post-Haiyan ('Yolanda') Disaster Waste Management System
13 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2015 Last revised: 1 Dec 2018
Date Written: October 29, 2015
The United Nations and other international non-government organizations provided funds and implemented recovery programs to clear the debris and dispose a large volume of garbage in Tacloban City after Typhoon Yolanda. The local government must take the responsibility of maintaining the cleanliness of the city through proper waste disposal and segregation. A feasible solution is to process recyclable materials, for it does not only mitigate health hazards and maintain cleanliness of the surroundings but it also yields revenue, compensating for the expenditure on its collection and transportation. As a support mechanism, a waste disposal/segregation repository must be emplaced in strategic areas around the city. The barangay council should formulate a more relevant and stricter ordinance for the implementation of an ecological and sustainable solid waste management system.
Keywords: Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines, Typhoon 'Yolanda', Haiyan, disaster, solid waste management, garbage, recovery, reconstruction
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