|Garbage being categorised for waste processing. — VNA/VNS Illustrative Photo
LAO CAI (VNS) — The largest solid waste processing plant in the northwestern region officially started operations yesterday, aiming to address the accumulation of hazardous garbage dumping sites across towns in this province.
The waste processing plant, stretching across 30ha in Toong Mon Village in Lao Cai City, was able to collect and process up to 147 tonnes of garbage generated in Lao Cai City and two other towns, Sa Pa and Bat Xat.
The cost of the plant exceeded VND81.2 billion (US$3.6 million), with 80 per cent of the initial investment provided as a loan from the French Development Agency.
The plant was expected to help the province realise its environmental goal of handling the solid waste produced by Lao Cai City and the surrounding urban areas by 2015.
It formed part of a major provincial-level project to improve the rural infrastructure and tourism capacity, which had been approved by the Lao Cai People's Committee in 2007.
Domestic garbage in the area was being collected without being categorised and had to be buried in waste dumping grounds as no other processing solutions existed.
"The plant will have a major environmental impact and offer some economic benefits for the province," Lao Cai Urban Environment Co., Ltd., Director Pham Van Tan said.
Collected solid waste will be processed and partly recycled at the plant to become organic fertilisers, which will then serve the province's agricultural sector.
Tan also said that the plant's capacity could be further expanded and the technology could be upgraded in the future to recycle more than 85 per cent of solid waste from the area, while the buried garbage would not exceed 15 per cent. — VNS