Ñaø Naüng cracks down on waste
— The central city of Ñaø Naüng plans to get resident to sort their own waste before throwing it out in Thanh Kheâ and Sôn Traø districts from March next year.
The pilot project featuring the 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) will be launched throughout the city in 2019-22.
Director of the city’s natural resources and environment, Toâ Vaên Huøng, said the project will help set up waste sorting processes at households in the two districts from early next year.
He said the process will raise awareness among the community in sorting recyclable waste (including paper, metal and plastic) from hazardous waste ( batteries and light bulbs) and solid waste.
Huøng said the process would help reduce ratio of daily rubbish waste to be buried in landfills from 90 per cent to 15 or 25 per cent.
“Waste classification will help limit pollution from household, while a large amount of rubbish can be recycled. The process also reduces cost for waste collection and eases the sorting process at waste treatment plants,” Huøng said.
“The city will provide local residents with 3-R dustbins and skills as well as improving more updated technology garbage trucks and manpower,” he said.
According to the city’s urban environment company, Ñaø Naüng discharges nearly 870 tonnes of waste each day, of which only 10 per cent is recycled.
The city reserves an annual fund of US$333,000 – 1.54 per cent of the city’s budget – for waste collection and treatment, but needs huge funds to build recycling solutions and waste treatment technology, Huøng said.
Quaùch Thò Xuaân, vice director of Ñaø Naüng city’s Institute for Society and Economic Development, said more than 11 per cent of the city’s daily waste was plastic.