Fish vendors in the city public market are committing to a new practice in managing their residual wastes starting this week.
The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) set up a meeting with the public market fish vendors to meet halfway in proper disposal of fish scales, gills, innards, and shells—the aftermath waste of a day’s grind in the fish market.
This dialogue is to address the common complaints of residents near the sanitary landfill in Brgy. Paraiso about the swarming of flies and foul odor brought about by the fish wastes mixing with the non-biodegradables.
Vendors firmly opposed CENRO head Augustus Bretaña’s initial suggestion to stop the free ‘linis-himbis’ of sold fish to minimize fish wastes in the market, passing the responsibility to customers. They fear customers will opt to buy in malls or the closest talipapa who are not affected by this regulation, affecting their daily sales and income. Vendors emphasized the value of free fish cleaning as their free service for their loyal customers.
As a result, CENRO and the fish vendors agreed to an alternative solution. Vendors would collect the residual wastes in a large drum container provided by CENRO and add neutralizers such as ash and cleansers to minimize odor. These containers will be collected by the assigned laborer to be brought in the city vermiculture site for proper disposal.