|The city's 18 suburban districts contain around 65,000 tonnes of untreated waste in lakes, ponds, canals and ditches, according to the Department of Natural Resources and Environment.— Photo hanoimoi
HA NOI (VNS)— Farmers in Hoai Duc District's Tien Yen Commune are learning how to recycle organic waste by re-using it as fertiliser. In the nearby communes of Cat Que, Duong Lieu and Minh Khai, infrastructure to treat garbage and waste water will soon be in place.
And under a VND50 billion (US$2 million) project, an underground culvert system will connect a lake filled with waste to a treatment facility.
These programmes are part of a citywide plan to improve sanitation in suburban districts, which have long lagged behind the centre when it comes to treating and disposing of waste. The city's 18 suburban districts contain around 65,000 tonnes of untreated waste in lakes, ponds, canals and ditches, according to the Department of Natural Resources and Environment.
The city also plans to speed up the construction of waste treatment centres in Soc Son, Dong Anh, Dan Phuong and Chuong My districts and is encouraging people's committees to set up their own collection and treatment groups.
Only Soc Son, Dong Anh, Tu Liem, Gia Lam and Thanh Tri have their own sanitation units. The other 13 have to hire sanitation workers from private companies.—VNS