MANILA, Philippines – The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is providing plastic waste technology to Cebu City to help the city turn its waste into energy.
JICA said the technology will convert plastic wastes into fluff fuel that can be useful to cement companies and other domestic industries.
The equipment, which is a product of Japanese firm product of Mansei Recycle Systems Co. Ltd, will be provided in Cebu’s only sanitary landfill, the Inayawan Sanitary Landfill.
As of December 2012, the amount of wastes stored in the Inayawan Sanitary Landfill had already doubled its capacity.
The technology is part of JICA’s Pilot Survey Project on Disseminating SME Technologies to assist developing countries.
“We partnered with Cebu City and Japanese small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to help the Philippines convert waste materials into something of high value. With this, JICA aims to continue sharing Japanese technology and innovation to help the Philippines cope with urban growth challenges,” said JICA Philippines Chief Representative Takahiro Sasaki.
JICA is also sharing dewatering equipment from another Japanese SME firm, AMCON Inc., to improve Cebu City’s septage management.
The Cebu City government, JICA and Yokohama City are working together to achieve the vision of Mega Cebu 2050 and 3 plus 1 development strategy that seek to support Cebu’s “sustainable and resilient development that preserves and nurtures its unique natural environment.”
“We hope that Cebu City will become a model for other local governments in the Philippines,” said Sasaki.