Using an MRF to manage the recovered materials and proof to the citizens the values of trash management. A highly trained staff supported with technologies like i.e. AI components ensures best segregation and maximum profit from recovery. Wherever possible the use of shredders minimizes space requirements. The profits from the material recovery will cover the cost for the staff of BasuraWheel and MRF and thus create a self-sustaining solution.

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Legal base for MRF

The legal base for the setup is the RA 9003[1], Section 32 and 33. LGUs have to simply follow the set of guidelines by the National Solid Waste Management Commission. We expect less than 15 tpd waste input and therefore need only to secure a Certificate of Non-Coverage and are not required to apply for an Environmental Clearance Certificate.

Type of MRF

Due to the input from the BasuraWheel the MRF classifies as so-called “Dirty MRF”. The capacity range will be in the figures of ≤2 tpd and should feature sorting tables, weighing scale and shredder.

Setup and Funding of MRF

The cost depends on the municipal willingness to invest. A higher investment in better equipment and more space is advised in higher populated areas as it can serve as MRF for adjoining communities too. If the MRF serves only the BasuraWheel, smaller space is necessary. Minimum space should be 50 sqm according to the MATERIALS RECOVERY FACILITY TOOL KIT[2] Better equipment always leads to more efficiency and often to higher profits due to better and faster segregation. At the end of the day it is mandatory that the project is not rejected because of cost hurdles.


[1] https://lawphil.net/statutes/repacts/ra2001/ra_9003_2001.html

[2] https://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/publication/30220/materials-recovery-facility-tool-kit.pdf

Sources for Funding

Funds are available in National Programs. Here an example of funding in the target region of the pilot project:

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Figure 10: Example Status of Funding Assistance per Region 30[1]

[1] http://nswmc.emb.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/r31.pdf

These figures come from “Support in the Establishment of MRFs and Closure and Rehabilitation of Open/Controlled Dumpsites” http://nswmc.emb.gov.ph/?p=1913

Access is through the NATIONAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT COMMISSION / SECRETARIAT

Address: 2nd Flr. HRF Bldg. NSWMC/S DENR Cmpd. Visayas Ave. Quezon City, Philippines – Zip Code 1100
Tel/Fax Number: +63-2-9202252/63-2-9202279 (PDTSS-NEC)
Email: nswmc2004@yahoo.com/swmd@emb.gov.ph

Additional Funding

If necessary, funding can be additionally supported by local sponsors or international organisations.

Special Training

Mandatory is a special training which ensures high quality of the segregation and achieves top profits in sales.

Operation & Maintenance

The cost for operation and maintenance (O&M) is key to the viability of MRFs. As a rule, O&M costs for the BasuraWheel and the MRF should not exceed the revenue from the sale of recyclables.

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