· Sanitary Landfill (SLF) provides control over significant potential environmental impacts arising from the disposal operation as it considers the physical and hydro-geologic attributes of the site prior to landfill development. In line with this, the Solid Waste Management Section (SWMS) of NSWMCS together with EMB-Research and Development Division (RDD) conducted monitoring to come up with a more comprehensive database system on the operation of SLFs nationwide, generate baseline data to characterize leachate for formulation of policies/guidelines for leachate management and assess the effectiveness of leachate treatment systems of local SLFs. Said monitoring includes leachate samplings. The SWM coordinators or representatives from the concerned regional offices joined the team during the said monitoring.
· A total of 57 SLFs sites were monitored in 2013 by a team from the NSWMCS and RDD of EMB, exceeding the 48 SLF sites targeted to be accomplished last year. (See Annex B: SLF Monitored for CY 2013)
· Assessment of results of the SLF monitoring (CY 2013) was conducted on June 30, 2014. The following are the recommendations of the team base on the findings taken from the monitoring:
· The EMB-EIAD Regional Office and SWM Coordinator is advised to conduct close monitoring on compliance on the operations of the SLFs specially those LGUs who still operating an open dumpsite instead of SLFs.
· Continuous provision of technical guidance in operations of SLF based on the ECC conditions to LGUs and private operators of Sanitary Landfills and penalize those operators that are non-compliant with PD 1586 or Philippine EIA System as well as RA 9003.
· The EMB is also recommended to continue advising the LGUs to enforce segregation at source particularly biodegradable wastes mixing with residual wastes being disposed at the SLF in order to minimize the generation of leachate.
· The EMB-RDD is requested to fast tract the results of leachate sampling analyses and come-up with policies/guidelines in proper handling the leachate management in all SLFs in the country.
· It is also requested for the RDD come up with interpretation on the results of analysis based on the DENR standard and the policy study.