Vegetable Waste Disposal and Management in Cebu City Public Markets

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VEGETABLE WASTE DISPOSAL AND MANAGEMENT IN CEBU CITY PUBLIC MARKETS

A Research Proposal
Presented to the
Faculty of the School of Business and Economics
University of San Carlos
Cebu City, Philippines

In Partial Fulfillment
of the Requirements for the course
Business Research BA109N

By
BOCO, MELISSA ANNE
DELA TORRE, NYMPHA ROSE
OZARAGA, MA.REBECCA
QUIJADA, MA.GABRIELLEN
SAN PEDRO, MA.LOURDES

January 21, 2013

Chapter 1
INTRODUCTION

Rationale
Organic vegetables and fruits are considered important food sources. They are generally inexpensive and though naturally low in fat and calories, they are stillpacked with important nutrients. However, their tendency to spoil easily in their fresh and unpreserved stateresults in organic waste. Organic waste is a type of biodegradable solid waste that comes from plants or animals. Markets that sell organic produce usually generate a high volume of waste from spoiled fruits and vegetables. Like other forms of waste, organic waste must be properly disposed of in order to avoid adverse consequences to the general public’s health and to existing environmental conditions. According to the Climate Change Commission’s recent report: “A Measure for Resilience: 2012 Report on the Ecological Footprint of the Philippines”, the waste that Filipinos have produced through consumption in the year 2008 was already twice the capacity of the Philippines. This means that two Philippine archipelagos have since been needed to accommodate the waste that we generate. Aside from the degradation of our natural resources, this can be attributed to the growth in population since the amount of waste production in an area is directly proportional to its population density. Furthermore, in developing countries such as ours, organic wastes take up a dominant fraction of the municipal solid waste stream.In the Philippines, organic waste generation and management methods vary depending on the area or setting. While agricultural activities dominate in the rural setting, the driving force for the recovery of organic wastes is low for its urban counterpart. The importance and the related benefits of properly managing organic waste are   still   underestimated   in many Philippine municipalities.That is why the Philippines is still looming with garbage management problemsdespite the passage of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.These problemsare brought to light during rainy seasons when their effects are seen in the form of increased flash floods and the proliferation of diseases throughout affected areas.In general, such harmful effects to the environment and to society can be decreased by proper waste management practices.Properly dealing with organic waste can reduce the potential for environmental pollution while also protecting the individual who is responsible for the discarded materials (Hawkins, 2010).Furthermore, applying proper waste management practices would result in the reduction of costs incurred in waste collection. Publication Full Text

ssThe presence of the organic waste management problem in Cebu City is denoted by the popular existence of public markets. Carbon Market, the city’s oldest and biggest produce market, is one of the primary sources of such waste. Though the city’s garbage is collected through trucks, only an estimated 350 out of 500,000 tons of waste generated daily is collected and disposed at the Inayawan landfill(Archival, 2012). In order to partially address the city’s existing problem, the dumping of garbage must be reduced such that recycling must be done whenever possible.In connection with this, we recognize the fact that the high nutrient content and biodegradable nature of vegetable waste makes it easier to recycle. Despite the global applicability of organic waste management problem, we deemed it best to scrutinize the situation from a local standpoint. Specifically, we focused our study on the management of spoiled...
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