HCM City vows to reduce waste landfill, replace with recycling

Last update 08:10 | 13/06/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – Sorting waste at the source and recycling are two of the solutions being implemented in HCMC to control issues posed by garbage dumping.

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A report shows that the city produces 7,500 tons of waste, while the figure is expected to increase to 10,000-12,000 tons by 2020.

Hazardous solid waste is around 150,000 tons per year, including 6,300 tons of hazardous healthcare waste per year.

Dumping waste remains the major solution to waste treatment. However, experts say the technology, which was considered suitable many years ago, is no longer reasonable.

HCMC authorities decided that it is necessary to find new solutions for long term. Instead of using large land fund for waste burial, the land needs to be used for other purposes for the community’s benefits.

Buried waste causes environmental problems, including soil and water pollution.

Many hazardous materials can be found at landfills such as mercury, arsenic, cadmium, lead and plastics. If mercury is inhaled, the toxins can damage kidneys, or lead to respiratory problems or death.

Sorting waste at the source and recycling are two of the solutions being implemented in HCMC to control issues posed by garbage dumping.

Electronic waste contains chemicals such as lead and cadmium which are dangerous to health. When waste disintegrates in the landfill, it enters the soil polluting water sources.

Plastic bags are the most commonly seen waste at landfills. Made of many kinds of chemicals, such as xylene and ethylene oxide, they seriously harm the environment. Scientists say it takes up to 20 years to fully decompose.

Landfills gather all kinds of waste. Sorting waste at the source and recycling waste are two of the solutions proposed to control burial of waste.

The sorting of waste at source has been implemented for many years in HCMC. However, many problems still exist. The HCMC People’s Committee recently sent a dispatch to 24 districts, saying that it was urgent to apply measures to implement the domestic solid waste classification in localities.

The HCMC Department of Natural Resources and the Environment has submitted to the city’s authorities the planning of the network of domestic solid waste transit stations by 2025.

The minimum land fund needed to establish the network is 5,000-10,000 square meters.

The HCMC People’s Council is convening a meeting on urban area protection and waste management on June 11.

The report prepared by the HCMC People’s Committee for the meeting shows that in order to collect and treat waste, the city has to spend VND2.2-2.4 trillion a year.

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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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