Plastic and paper scrap imports choke Vietnamese ports

Large-scale waste dumping has reportedly choked Vietnamese ports, with hundreds of containers loaded with plastic and paper scraps lying unclaimed, forcing authorities to impose a temporary ban on waste imports.

Tan Cang – Cai Mep International Co., Ltd (TCIT), a terminal services company, in a letter to shipping lines and customers, said it would suspend imports of plastic and paper scrap as a similar decision earlier by another operator, Saigon Newport Corporation (SNC), had led to overcapacity at TCIT terminals.

“From 25th of June to 15th of October, TCIT will stop receiving all imports laden containers of plastic waste,” a letter signed by general director Chang Fa Wei said. Ngo Minh Tuan, deputy head of SNC, in an official communication, claimed previously that about 5,200 containers of plastic and paper waste have been stored for 90 days or longer at its port.

TCIT Port authorities are alarmed that more than 1,132 containers with plastic and paper waste have been stacked up at the port for last few months.

“Customers are not coming forward to claim the scraps. It’s a complicated situation,” Nguyen Thai Thuong, a senior employee of TCIT, told CGTN over the phone.

“The Chinese ban on waste import is the main reason behind the surge of plastic and paper waste imports, undoubtedly.

The Chinese ban has meant a diversion to Vietnam of the now unwelcome cargo.

Continue reading “Plastic and paper scrap imports choke Vietnamese ports”


Rác đô thị Việt Nam – 60 năm trông chờ ‘tiếng chổi tre’

VNE – Thứ ba, 17/4/2018 | 00:00 GMT+7

Vấn đề rác đô thị vẫn phụ thuộc vào sức chịu đựng của những “chị lao công như sắt như đồng” mà Tố Hữu mô tả 60 năm trước.

Anh Minh sống ở Hà Nội đã 10 năm, nhưng vẫn chưa nói sõi tiếng Kinh.

Công việc chính của Minh không cho anh nhiều cơ hội để học tiếng Kinh: anh là một công nhân dọn rác dưới hầm chung cư. Ngăn cách giữa người đàn ông dân tộc Tày và đời sống xã hội là những tấm bê tông dày trên đầu. Kết nối đáng kể nhất giữa anh và những cư dân thành phố này là một chiếc ống rác thông tầng. Người ta ném rác vào ống, Minh thu dọn ở phía dưới, cho lên xe và đẩy đi.

Anh Minh trong xóm trọ tại Trung Văn, Hà Nội Continue reading “Rác đô thị Việt Nam – 60 năm trông chờ ‘tiếng chổi tre’”

$100m ADB Loan for China Everbright Waste to Energy Projects in Viet Nam

China Everbright International Limited has secured a $100 million loan from the Asian Development Bank to develop a series of waste to energy plants in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

Deputy Director General of ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department Christopher Thieme (left) and China Everbright CEO Wang Tianyi (right) after the signing. Continue reading “$100m ADB Loan for China Everbright Waste to Energy Projects in Viet Nam”

How can development cooperation address ocean plastic pollution?

23 January 2018

In the first weeks of 2018 there were (for me) unexpected announcements from both the EU and the UK Government on the urgent global issue of ocean plastic pollution. The EU intends to make all plastic packaging on the European market recyclable by 2030 and in her speech announcing the UK’s 25 Year Environment Plan, Prime Minister Theresa May committed the UK to eliminating all “avoidable plastic waste” by 2042. The Prime Minister also said it would direct UK aid to help developing nations reduce plastic waste, which could indicate a new direction for the UK’s and other countries’ aid programmes.

Continue reading “How can development cooperation address ocean plastic pollution?”

72 Hours in Vietnam: Observations from Craft Recycling Villages


Forty per cent of global e-waste comes from Asia

Forty per cent of global e-waste comes from Asia

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  • E-waste generated in 2016 equivalent to 4,500 Eiffel Towers
  • Asian countries account for 40 per cent of the discarded goods
  • Developing countries still lack formal e-waste recycling systems

scidev.net_[NEW DELHI] Humans generated a staggering 44.7 million metric tonnes of electronic waste (e-waste) in 2016 — the equivalent of 4,500 Eiffel Towers, and five per cent more than the electrical and electronic goods discarded just two years earlier, says a new study.

The trend is set to continue, with volumes of e-waste expected to rise to 52.2 million metric tonnes by 2021. Continue reading “Forty per cent of global e-waste comes from Asia”

E-Waste in East and South-East Asia Jumps 63% in Five Years

  • 2017•01•15     BONN

    The volume of discarded electronics in East and South-East Asia jumped almost two-thirds between 2010 and 2015, and e-waste generation is growing fast in both total volume and per capita measures, new UNU research shows.

    Driven by rising incomes and high demand for new gadgets and appliances, the average increase in e-waste across all 12 countries and areas analysed — Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Province of China, Thailand and Vietnam — was 63% in the five years ending in 2015 and totalled 12.3 million tonnes, a weight 2.4 times that of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

    China alone more than doubled its generation of e-waste between 2010 and 2015 to 6.7 million tonnes, up 107%. Continue reading “E-Waste in East and South-East Asia Jumps 63% in Five Years”

Cao Bằng sets clean and tidy example

vietnamnews Update: October, 20/2017 – 10:00

Bricks are piled up at a workshop of the Cao Bằng Construction Materials Manufacture JSC. Company offcials say they abide by all environmental protection regulations. — VNS Photo Thu Trang
Thu TrangCAO BẰNG — A familiar worry and anxiety tugged at Hanoian Nguyễn Thu Hà as she made her very first trip to the famous Bản Giốc Waterfall in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bằng.

At 24, Hà was a seasoned traveler who loved to visit all parts of the country. She never failed to enjoy the beauty and diversity of the natural landscapes, not to mention the local delicious specialties. Continue reading “Cao Bằng sets clean and tidy example”

Ministry suggests community-based environmental monitoring for papermaker

vietnamnews Update: October, 20/2017 – 12:40

Lee & Man Vietnam Ltd.’s waste water treatment system. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has suggested Ministry suggests community-based environmental monitoring for the papermaker. — VNA/VNS Photo Duy Khương

HÀ NỘI – The Mekong Delta province of Hậu Giang has been urged to establish a community-based monitoring mechanism to evaluate papermaker Lee & Man Vietnam Ltd.’s environmental treatment.During a visit to the company’s paper mill on Thursday, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Trần Hồng Hà, asked the papermaker to complete a standard procedure for management and operation of its waste treatment, and to keep daily records of materials used for environmental treatment and to publicise them. Continue reading “Ministry suggests community-based environmental monitoring for papermaker”

Hanoi to generate electricity from city’s biggest landfill


A methane gas treatment plant will produce electricity from the decomposing garbage

By Tuoi Tre News

September 13, 2017, 12:32 GMT+7

​Hanoi to generate electricity from city’s biggest landfill
Garbage are dumped on a street in Hanoi.
Two Vietnamese firms and their South Korean partners have closed a deal on a project that will generate electricity from the largest landfill in Hanoi.The two parties will cooperate in designing, constructing, financing and operating a facility that will gather, process, and treat methane gas emitted from decomposing garbage to produce electricity, according to the agreement signed in Hanoi on Tuesday. Continue reading “Hanoi to generate electricity from city’s biggest landfill”

Dire need for waste treatment in Hà Nội


Update: September, 13/2017 – 09:00

Untreated wastewater discharged from the Triều Khúc plastic craft village in the capital city into ponds, rivers and canals. About 1,350 craft villages in the city are discharging a total amount of 156,000cu.m of wastewater per day into the environment. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Nghĩa
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The chairman of the People’s Committee of Hà Nội, Nguyễn Đức Chung, has asked the Department of Construction to enhance supervision of waste collection units, warning that officials failing to do so would be suspended.

He was speaking at a session on waste collection, solid waste treatment, medical waste and lake management yesterday in Hà Nội, saying these problems had annoyed local residents for a long time. Continue reading “Dire need for waste treatment in Hà Nội”

HCM City to fund sorting of rubbish


Update: September, 08/2017 – 09:00

Pre-treatment garbage classification in HCM City. — Photo
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Every commune or ward in HCM City will be allocated VNĐ500 million (US$22,000) this year towards addressing a funding shortage for sorting waste before it is treated.

The municipal Department of Finance has said the allocation will be increased to VNĐ1 billion at the beginning of next year. Continue reading “HCM City to fund sorting of rubbish”

Southern region landfill overflows


Update: September, 05/2017 – 21:00

Bưng Riềng landfill is covered with unprocessed garbage creating serious pollution. – VNS Photo:

BÀ RỊA-VŨNG TÀU – After five years of operation, the Bưng Riềng landfill in Xuyên Mộc District has started leaking wastewater and spreading foul smells in the southern province.

The landfill is overloaded with about 22sq.m of unprocessed garbage, according to a report by the Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu Province Department of Natural Resources and Environment. Some indicators of COD, BOD5 or nitrite have exceeded allowed limits by 2.8 to 13.7 times. Continue reading “Southern region landfill overflows”

Company caught burying untreated waste without permit in Ho Chi Minh City – Mùn trồng cây’ của Tâm Sinh Nghĩa lổn nhổn nilông, dép nhựa

Company caught burying untreated waste without permit in Ho Chi Minh City


The general director of the firm has claimed that it was ‘a mistake’ by his employees
By Tuoi Tre News

August 30,2017, 13:45 GMT+7

​Company caught burying untreated waste without permit in Ho Chi Minh City
The solid waste treatment plant operated by Tam Sinh Nghia Investment Development JSC in Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A company in Ho Chi Minh City has raised serious concerns after being caught burying a large amount of untreated garbage without permission from authorities.A recent probe by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper has revealed that Tam Sinh Nghia Investment Development JSC has been burying solid waste in an area within the Phuoc Hiep waste treatment complex in Cu Chi District, about 100 meters away from the company’s headquarters. Continue reading “Company caught burying untreated waste without permit in Ho Chi Minh City – Mùn trồng cây’ của Tâm Sinh Nghĩa lổn nhổn nilông, dép nhựa”