VietNamNet Bridge - Local authorities are trying to find advanced technologies for their waste treatment projects, but they appear to be satisfied with superficial solutions that do not treat the problem in a sustainable way. Vietnam produces 12.8 million tons of solid waste a year In 2016, many households in Phu My Hung new urban area in district 7 in HCMC complained to local authorities about a bad odor in the area. Finally, the culprit was found: the odor was from a waste treatment plant nearby. In July 2017, residents in Nam Son commune in Soc Son district in Hanoi blocked trucks carrying waste to the Nam Son waste treatment complex because they believed the operation of the complex affected the lives of 700 households. In 2011, a Hoi An composting plant was put into operation. However, in 2013, the plant’s director Le Thi Bich Thuy admitted that the fertilizer produced by the plant could not be sold because of low quality. There are about 35 solid waste … [Read more...] about Is Vietnam following the wrong path in treating solid waste?
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Japan helps Ha Noi solve organic waste management (07-10-2006) HA NOI — The government of Japan will spend about US$3 million to help solve the solid waste management problem in Ha Noi. The project, signed on Thursday between the Ha Noi People’s Committee and a representative of the Japan International Co-operation Agency yesterday in Ha Noi, was named: Implementation support for 3R Initiative for a sound material-cycle society. The 3R (Reduce – Reuse – Recycle) Initiative with the spirit of "Mottainai" (meaning "What a waste!") has been very popular in Japan. The project aims to promote the practice of separating domestic waste at the source, with organic and inorganic wastes to be separated by housewives before collection by the Urban and Environment Company of Ha Noi (URENCO), and will begin in Hoan Kiem District, and then spreading to other districts of Ha Noi. The goal is to utilise organic waste for other profitable economic activities such as the … [Read more...] about Japan helps Ha Noi solve organic waste management
More funds needed for recycling waste (10-09-2009) by Khanh Van An Urban Environmental Company worker collects rubbish on Dong Tac Street in the capital. Only 10 per cent of 20,000 tonnes of rubbish discarded everyday in urban areas is recycled. — VNA/VNS Photo Bui Tuong HA NOI — Nearly 20,000 tonnes of urban household rubbish is estimatedly discarded every day, but just 10 per cent is recycled, according to the Viet Nam Environment Administration (VEA). According to VEA, the most common types of waste are paper, plastic, glass, steel and aluminium cans. "You can see plastic and paper packaging waste everywhere as they are used everyday," said Nguyen Trung Viet, head of the HCM City’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment’s Solid Waste Management Office. However, he said few people are aware of the harmful impact these materials have on the environment, which can take 400 years to degrade. "As rubbish is not separated, much of it goes into … [Read more...] about More funds needed for recycling waste
VietNamNet Bridge – The treatment and disposal of medical waste has become a serious problem in the southern city of Can Tho. The healthcare system suffers from a plethora of problems in this regard. It lacks medical waste treatment facilities and existing ones use outdated technology. Therefore, the few facilities that are running are overloaded with waste from the city's hospitals, polluting the environment and badly affecting many people's livelihoods. Most hospitals in the city do not have their own waste treatment systems, according to a Can Tho health department official. Of the 22 hospitals in Can Tho, only eight had solid medical waste treatment furnaces on their premises, and these were all small-scale, said Doan Anh Luan, head of the department's Healthcare Specialisation Office. All the remaining hospitals and hundreds of private medical and healthcare centres had their medical waste dumped and incinerated like … [Read more...] about Can Tho drowns in medical waste
VietNamNet Bridge – Healthcare stations in HCM City, small and big, all have been told to build waste water treatment systems, which is a big waste of money. In an effort to create a safe living environment for people, the HCM City authorities have decided that waste water treatment systems must be built at all medical stations. Hundreds of billions of dong have been spent to build the systems at 324 yard/commune healthcare stations in the city. Meanwhile, the modern systems have been left unused. What do the waste water treatment systems treat? It is estimated that every waste water treatment system at medical stations costs 400-500 million dong. N, a physician in district 10, said the local budget has wasted money on the waste water treatment system, because the system is not necessary here. “Only a few patients come to see us every day to have changes of the dressing or have injections. The medical instruments are gathered and then soaked in disinfecting fluid at … [Read more...] about Billions of dong wasted on medical stations’ waste water treatment systems