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Electricity from Boracay trash

AKLAN – Boracay Island, the country’s premier beach destination, may soon generate electricity from trash.

This, as the local government of Malay town, Aklan province, is awaiting for the approval of the proposed waste-to-energy program that aims to curb environmental degradation.

Councilor Manuel de Los Reyes said that the Malay Town Council will most likely approve the proposal of El Elyon-Orion Renewable Solutions Corp.

De Los Reyes said the committee report has recently been submitted to the Malay Town Council.

It was sometime the last quarter of 2014 when El Elyon Orion presented its proposal of generating 60 megawatts of electricity for Boracay Island as well as mainland Malay town.

For more than a decade, Malay local government has been in a dilemma how to manage its garbage. The growing tourism industry in Boracay Island means generating more trash daily.

Based on estimates of Department of Tourism (DoT), each tourist generates at least a kilo of trash on a daily basis (With reports from Tara Yap) (JUN AGUIRRE)