HCM City residents plagued by overloaded dumps

Last update 11:57 | 21/04/2017


VietNamNet Bridge – HCM City faces a shortage of garbage collection stations, with empty pavements in public areas often used as makeshift stations.

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A garbage collection station in District 3 of HCM City. 

At the collection stations, rubbish is collected, sorted for disposal and then transferred to dumping sites or treatment zones, but these unhygienic tasks have been performed in public areas.

Meanwhile, current garbage stations are dilapidated and overloaded, polluting the environment and becoming a nightmare for those living nearby.

A garbage collection station located at the Quang Trung-Tan Son Intersection in Go Vap District is an example. The station has become a nightmare for local people, including hundreds of students and teachers from the school nearby.

Le Van Truc, resident in Ward 8, told Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper that the garbage collection station was built ten years ago, causing a terrible odour and traffic chaos.

He said locals asked authorised agencies to move the station, but received no reply.

In the area near September 23 Park in District 1, three stations plague the downtown area of the city. The one on Hai Ba Trung Road has become overloaded due to the large amount of rubbish collected from Ben Nghe and Ben Thanh wards.

Pham Le Nghia, resident in Ben Nghe Ward, said garbage was collected twice a day.

Rubbish was being thrown into the street, attracting flies and affecting traffic.

Three other stations on Pham Ngu Lao and Le Lai roads are in the same situation.

Le Van Thien, worker of Public Service District 1 Co Ltd said workers knew of the complaints of local people about the pollution from the stations, but there’s nothing they can do.

Most of the stations were overloaded, he said, the workers had to make use of every square metre of empty space at bus stations, parks or pavements to do their job.

“We’ve been trying to clean the areas after finishing our job,” he said.

Reports from the city’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment showed that there were 31 garbage collection stations in the city. Of that number, only five met hygiene and environmental protection requirements.

HCM City discharges nearly 8,000 tonnes of domestic waste per day on average.

Nguyen Minh Hoa of HCM City’s University of Social Science and Humanity faculty said this was a worrisome issue as a clean, civilised city should pay attention to environmental issues.

Pham Hong Cau, general director of Dai Phuc Construction and Trading Co Ltd said that garbage collection stations should be located far from traffic and be isolated from residential areas by green trees. It must have capacity of between 60-200 tonnes of waste per day, and use technology to keep noise, dust and smell from spreading to the surrounding environment.

Most stations fall short of these requirements, he said.

Nguyen Thi Thanh My, deputy director of the city’s department said the amount of waste had increased five per cent annually. The main problem was building new garbage collection stations and upgrading current facilities with the city’s limited land funds.

According to experts, the city should devise a roadmap to curb environmental pollution. Overloaded and downgraded stations should be closed down and moved to suitable locations.

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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