The Environmental Programs and Services of the LGU are founded in the (3) pillars of the sector, which are 1) Solid Waste Management; 2) Environmental Management; and 3) Reforestation.
Solid Waste Management is anchored on the city’s slogan – “Mauswag na Ciudad; Malinig na Lugar”. The LGU started the implementation of “No Segregation; No Collection” Policy in April 2016 covering (10) urban barangays which make up the Central Business District (CBD).The LGU operates the city-level Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Barangay Buhatan to recover and process wastes collected from the CBD. To complement this initiative, the LGU partnered with the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) to provide P2 Million worth of logistical assistance (e.g. pedicabs, pushcarts, etc. ) to capacitate the barangays to become effective partners in solid waste management. The first-ever Sanitary Landfill will soon rise in Barangay Buenavista, West District to solve the problems encountered in operating controlled dumpsites. And as part of our source reduction campaign, the first phase of the implementation of the Sorsogon City Anti-Plastic Ordinance (SCAPO) covering large business establishments started last July 6, 2016 and will be pursued to cover all other establishments.
On Environmental Management, the City Government strengthens ties with DENR EMB V to become an effective partner in the enforcement of environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act (RA 8749) and Clean Water Act (RA 9275).
On Reforestation, the LGU’s main strategy is to revegetate available lands which include uplands, riverbanks, coastal areas, schools, roadsides, and private lands in partnership with different agencies and private landowners.