|All of 300 old-style brick kilns in Thanh Tru Commune in northern Vinh Phuc province have been eliminated six years after initially planned, thanks to the relentless effort of communal authorities. — Photo vtc.vn
VINH PHUC (VNS) — All of 300 old-style brick kilns in Thanh Tru Commune in northern Vinh Phuc province have been eliminated six years after initially planned, thanks to the relentless effort of communal authorities.
Although the ban came into effect in 2008 and planned to be completed by 2009, the elimination of old kilns had been delayed many times as kiln owners said that they had to take advantage of the remaining materials.
Until last year, there were still 30 per cent to 40 per cent of kilns still working with the same excuse by the kiln operators.
Local authorities had to take stronger measures by blocking trucks from transporting bricks across the commune, and persuade local labours to switch to other works by organising vocational courses and even exported them to foreign countries.
However, the campaign was not implemented easily as six out of seven villages of the commune had been living mainly by this job for over 15 years.
The communal brick production grew rapidly in the 2000 to 2005 period, when the price of bricks hiked.
Despite bringing high income to the locals, brick kilns had caused serious pollution.
The manufacturing activities led to the rapid growth of logistics and land exploitation services. Hundreds of trucks carrying bricks and land had damaged the road surface and left a cloud of smoke and dust.
Cultivated crops had been dug for land exploitation, breaking the canal system and led to water shortages in many areas. Production activities also emitted greenhouse gas and contaminated water. Many locals have been diagnosed with respiratory and eye diseases.
Many other provinces such as Hoa Binh, Bac Kan, Nghe An, Quang Ngai are making efforts to dismantle brick kilns.
However, the biggest barrier is to find suitable jobs for local people after they are forced to get rid of this harmful work. — VNS