|Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department|
3rd Floor, Quezon City Hall Annex Building
The EPWM Department is mandated to:
- Enforce all laws, regulations and policies pertinent to environmental management and pollution control;
- Design and maintain an waste collection and disposal system conforming to the requirements of RA 7160, 8749 and 9003;
- Implement a civic consciousness program in support of its environmental and waste management programs.
Its corollary functions are to:
- Maintain a comprehensive pollution control program, including anti-smoke belching and industrial pollution control;
- Undertake continuing research on current environmental management technologies;
- Establish operational linkages with other local and national agencies concerned with environmental protection and waste management.
Frederika C. Rentoy
Tel. No. 924-3816
Tel/Fax No. 924-1539
1. Waste Management
Package Clean-up System. The City has adopted a Package Clean-up System whereby the Contractor assumes full responsibility for waste management, from collection (from households, markets, commercial establishments, schools, offices, streets and other sources) to disposal in designated sites. This system has significantly reduced the City's waste collection expenses without sacrificing efficiency.
Solid Waste Disposal. The City currently generates a daily average of 7,150 cubic meters or 1,429 metric tons of solid waste. These are all dumped at the 7.2-hectare Payatas Dumpsite, which has a total tipping area of about 4 hectares. Industrial, infectious, hazardous and toxic wastes are dumped elsewhere.
2. Pollution Control
The City's Anti-Smoke Belching Program is being implemented in close coordination with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). To ensure that all industrial activities conform to the standards set by national regulatory agencies, the EPWM Department conducts site inspections and investigates pertinent complaints.
3. Clean-up of Waterways
Quezon City is drained by four major waterways: the San Francisco Del Monte River, the San Juan River, the Tullahan River and the Marikina River. These rivers have a combined total of 41 tributaries traversing 92 of the City's 142 barangays, and they run a combined length of 124 kilometers. "Sagip-Batis sa Quezon City" is a project conceived by EPWMD to clean up and beautify the City's waterways.
4. Simot Basura sa Barangay
This EPWMD special project consists of the collection of bulky wastes (such as dilapidated vehicles, appliances and furniture, tree cuttings, old tires, earth mounds, etc.) from barangays every last Sunday of the month.