Floating Solid Waste Collector System, DENR, DOST, Pasig River
Photo: DOST-MIRDC Facebook page

On June 13, 2024, in celebration of Philippine Environment Month, the Department of Science and Technology – Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) launched the Floating Solid Waste Collector System at the Pasig River Esplanade. Representatives from other local government units in the Greater Manila area were also present at the event.

“This Floating Solid Waste Collector System will breathe life and hope towards a greener future,” said Manila Mayor Maria Sheila Lacuna-Pangan. “The City of Manila, through the Department of Public Services whose mandate is ecological solid waste management and environment sanitation, is committed to promoting and upholding initiatives and interventions to nurture our environment.”

A Pinoy-made solution to a longstanding problem

The Floating Solid Waste Collector System represents a significant milestone in the ongoing effort to combat the challenges posed by solid waste and invasive water hyacinths in Philippine rivers.

DOST Secretary Renato Solidum highlighted its benefits during his speech. “[The Floating Solid Waste Collector System] supports the quality of life by making our environment better, and it can also be a source of livelihood and improve the productivity of fishermen or open new livelihood for those that can weave and use the water hyacinths.”

The Floating Solid Waste Collector System features three essential components: a water hyacinth harvester, a dedicated trash collector, and a power barge for water hyacinth management. These components work synergistically to prevent flooding caused by clogged waterways, ensuring cleaner and more navigable bodies of water.

Science and stewardship

The launch of this technology underscores the government’s collaborative efforts in promoting sustainable environmental practices and innovative technological solutions. By integrating science and technology with environmental stewardship, the DOST and DENR are paving the way for a cleaner, more resilient Metro Manila.

Project leader Engr. Rodnel O. Tamayo said that the prototype developed by the DOST-MIRDC will be subjected to performance testing in Cardona, Rizal, and is planned to be turned over to the DENR by the end of the year.—Ella Vanesa L. Lopez (Press release from DOST-MIRDC)/MF

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