Metro Manila adopts latest waterway cleanup innovation for a greener future!

A waste collector system developed and funded by the government has set sail on Manila’s waterways to speed up the removal of waste and water hyacinths.

Cleaning up  Metro Manila’s waterways just got a major upgrade with the launch of the “Floating Waste Collector System,” an innovation by the Department of Science and Technology-Metals Industry Research and Development Center.

Funded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, this high-tech solution speeds up the removal of waste and water hyacinths from the capital’s rivers and estuaries, particularly Pasig River and Laguna Lake.

DOST Secretary Renato Solidum said this locally developed collector is a cost-effective technology. While it could have cost Php15 million if imported, its local production slashed the bill to just Php7 million to Php8 million, according to a Manila Bulletin report.

The harvester can collect substantial amounts of waste around the clock as long as there’s ample enough supply of diesel.