Ñaø Naüng cracks down on waste

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— 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.

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