Ñaø Nanü g says no to sin­gle-use plas­tic

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ÑAØ NAÜNG — Ñaø Naüng has launched a cam­paign to call on the com­mu­nity to ‘Say No’ to sin­gle-use plas­tic prod­ucts to deal with pol­lu­tion and waste treat­ment costs.

Vice chair­man of the city’s Peo­ple’s Com­mit­tee, Nguyeãn Ngoïc Tuaán, said the cam­paign would fo­cus on raising pub­lic aware­ness of plas­tic waste.

He said it also aimed to re­mind vis­i­tors and lo­cal res­i­dents of the im­por­tance of re­duc­ing the daily use of plas­tic prod­ucts in­clud­ing straws, cups and plas­tic bags.

Tuaán said the cam­paign also called for house­hold rub­bish to be sep­a­rated to boost re­cy­cling and pro­mote the re-use of plas­tic bags.

“The city pro­duces 870 tonnes of garbage each day, of which 95 per cent is col­lected, and only 10 per cent (mainly plas­tic waste) is re­cy­cled.

“Ñaø Naüng has co-op­er­ated with the Asian De­vel­op­ment Bank (ADB) to de­sign tech­nol­ogy for waste treat­ment and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment to­wards a ‘green’ city by 2025,” Tuaán said.

He added that the city had called on in­vestors to build its first solid waste treat­ment plant for re­cy­cling, com­post, dump­ing and gas col­lec­tion in Hoøa Nhôn Com­mune.

The city re­serves an an­nual fund of $333,000 for waste col­lec­tion and treat­ment, and al­most 90 per cent of the city’s rub­bish cur­rently goes into land­fills.

In 2015, Ñaø Naüng opened the Khaùnh Sôn dump with a ca­pac­ity of 200 tonnes per day. The plant can gen­er­ate power from waste us­ing in­cin­er­a­tion tech­nol­ogy.

The same year, the city, in co-op­er­a­tion with Chikujo in Ja­pan’s Fukuoka Pre­fec­ture, started a pi­lot project to re­cy­cle or­ganic waste into en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly liq­uid fer­tiliser.

Ja­panese ex­perts from the Tokyo-based EX Re­search In­sti­tute also urged Ñaø Naüng to ap­ply ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy for waste treat­ment to help the city deal with over­loaded dumps.

At least 80 per cent of daily waste would be com­pletely treated if the cen­tral city ap­plied smart man­age­ment of solid waste, ac­cord­ing to Satoshi Sugi­moto, a con­sul­tant from Ja­pan’s Over­seas En­vi­ron­men­tal Co­op­er­a­tion Cen­tre.

Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Con­struc­tion, Vieät Nam dis­charges 19,000 tonnes of rub­bish ev­ery day, of which 16 per cent was plas­tic waste, and at least 4,000 tonnes of rub­bish from the sea washes up on the city’s beaches ev­ery month dur­ing the rainy sea­son.

The city has is­sued strict fines for lit­ter­ing on beaches to im­prove be­hav­iour in pub­lic places and pro­mote a clean and safe en­vi­ron­ment. — VNS

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