February, 28 2014 08:38:00

Work begins on waste plant

HCM CITY (VNS) — Construction of a solid waste treatment plant, the largest of its kind in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, started on Wednesday in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang.

The Soc Trang Public Urban Work Ltd Company invested VND216 billion ($10.24 million) in the project, of which VND177 billion ($8.39 million) was from Norwegian Official Development Assistance loans and the rest from the province.

The plant, which has a treatment capacity of 160 tonnes per day, is also designed to produce 100 tonnes of organic fertiliser and five tones of recycled plastic per day.

The plant, expected to open in August next year, is expected to improve the environment in Soc Trang Province and the surrounding provinces by reducing the number of solid-waste landfills.

Feasibility study

Experts from Kyushu University, Japan, will help the central city of Da Nang develop a feasibility study for constructing a solid-waste treatment plant

Professor Misuyasu Yabe made these remarks at a meeting with the central city's administration on Wednesday.

According to the latest survey, the central city's dump will reach full capacity in the next four years.

The waste-treatment plant will help the city deal with 700 tonnes of waste each day, while producing compost from the waste.

The city has created a strict process of waste discharge at source and has applied the 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) and appropriate technology to waste treatment policies to meet the target.

The Khanh Son dump has polluted the groundwater and the environment with 1.4 million tonnes of rubbish and will be closed by 2020. — VNS

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