Economic crisis, tardy site clearances delay recycling plans

Waste-recycling methodologies that ought to have been implemented in 2007 have only begun this year, an official from the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DoNRE) explained, listing the reasons for the slowdown.

Waste-recycling methodologies that ought to have been implemented in 2007 have only begun this year, an official from the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DoNRE) explained, listing the reasons for the slowdown.

A dump site at the Phuoc Hiep Waste Treatment Complex in HCMC’s district Cu Chi (Photo: SGGP)
A dump site at the Phuoc Hiep Waste Treatment Complex in HCMC’s district Cu Chi (Photo: SGGP)

Economic crises and the tardiness of site clearances have delayed the recycling projects, said Nguyen Trung Viet, chief of the Solid Waste Division of DoNRE.

Viet said the city faced a severe dearth of dumpsites three years ago; therefore, it has been a major undertaking to create enough landfills for the entire city’s waste.

Although Ho Chi Minh City has been scheduled to bury, burn, compost and recycle its waste, currently some treatment facilities are mainly using the methodology of burying waste. However, this technology contributes to what the greenhouse effect, also known as global warming through the release of harmful gases.

Understanding that burying waste has released harmful gases, the city has implemented some recycling projects. For example, two 1,000 ton capacity facilities to produce compost and to save recyclable plastics from waste at the Phuoc Hiep Waste Treatment Complex in HCMC’s district Cu Chi and one in Binh Chanh district are being constructed. They are expected to be operational by the end of 2010.

Due to the reasons cited above, businesses have delayed the project despite a green light from the city to move forward. Additionally, the city has offered the promise of benefits from recycling in order to encourage investment in the field.

Viet added households in the city should help accelerate recycling methodologies by classifying their waste.

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