Last week, I asked my officemate Cel, who currently lives in Inayawan, if she could take me to the landfill so that I could take a few photos. She reasoned that although she is a resident of Inayawan, she has never been there and that she doesn’t know anyone who could actually take us inside. I thought that my last chance of ever seeing the place was lost.
When I learned this morning that my parents were going to Carcar to visit the manghihilot, I grabbed the opportunity and told them that I’d go to Carcar with them if and only if we check out the landfill first. As they too were interested and curious, they agreed. LOL.
We reached E. Jaca Street in Inayawan at around 8 in the morning. It was still very early but the road which lead to the main dump site was already bustling with different activities. Scrap shops were already open and people of all ages carrying heavy sacks of random stuff were already scurrying to sell their ‘finds’. As we drew closer to the main gate, despite my nasal congestion, the smell of garbage became more and more biting. Just outside the compound, there were burning mounds, broken bottles in the gutter, and rotting vegetables and fruits near black and sticky puddles.
We parked our bikes near the main gate as we looked around for anyone who could answer a few questions. A young man who came out of the ‘guard house’ walked to us and asked what we wanted. I told him that I wanted to go up and take a couple of pictures of the site. He said that we needed to secure a permit. And since it was a Sunday, there was no one who could sign one for us. Although we were a bit disappointed, we didn’t push the issue, and just thanked him for answering our questions. When we were about to leave, the same guy came towards us and told us that he could take us to the top to take a few photos if it would take less than thirty minutes. I promised that I would only take a couple of snaps and that we would be done in less than ten minutes.
WARNING: If you can’t take the sight of garbage, please stop don’t go any further. Hehehe.
Landfill in White Road, Inayawan, Cebu City.
While waiting outside the gate, I noticed more than 4 garbage trucks from Baranggay Guadalupe enter the site. Cebu’s biggest baranggay certainly also produces lots of garbage.
These machines are used to prevent the garbage from piling up.
More machines in the compound. The one ‘hiding’ in the trees is probably out of order. Hehe.
According to our guide Nelson, this section (after the lamp post) is where waste materials from Cebu’s hospitals are dumped. Kinda scary.
Garbage near the main gate. According to our guide, this was the place where one of the four fetuses was found. So sad.
From the looks of it, these items are still quite ‘fresh’.
My guesstimate, these were dumped just this week.
A ‘scavenger’ in action. Accordng to Nelson, the common items that they collect are glass bottles, plastic bottles, metal, paper, and plastic.
Soil is placed on top of the garbage to keep the smell bearable.
Nelson wasn’t so sure that but he said that the size of the whole property is 88 hectares.
A young guys on his way to work.
Not real grapes. Hehehe.
After the Guadalupe garbage truck left, this group started working.
Indeed, there is money in garbage. Nelson shared that some of these ‘scavengers’ were lucky enough to find jewelry, cellular phones, and even un-used garments.
I wonder what he got in that bag.
That guy on the left is probably on his way to the junk shop.
View of the site and the mountains of Metro Cebu.
Dumpsite and the hills of Pardo.
Wow. I can see a yellow ball, a Lucky Me pack, a Jolliburger wrapper, a celfone chager, puso wrapper, plastic plate, bottle, and bottle caps.
A young kid going to work.
Waiting for the arrival of the T. Padilla garbage truck.
‘Scavengers’ busy looking for ‘anything’ that can be sold. According to Nelson, he knew that young guy who found millions of cash inside a garbage bag. The cash was returned to the owner, he said.
Houses just below the dump site.
The small body of water which separates SRP from the mainland.
View of Metro Cebu.
The dumpsite and SRP’s very first locator – Bigfoot Studios.
Our very nice tour guide – Nelson. Thank you very much, sir!