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Hau Giang prepares to clean up dumps

Update: January, 27/2014 - 09:38

HCM CITY (VNS)— The Hau Giang Province People's Committee has ordered local agencies to clean up two garbage dumps before the rainy season begins.

The Kinh Cung and Long My dumps, located in Phung Hiep District and Long My District, respectively, are overloaded with rubbish, emitting a bad odour and polluting the environment.

The project will be implemented by the province's Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the Hau Giang Water Supply and Sewerage – Projects Urban Joint Stock Company (Hawasuco) and the People's Committees of Phung Hiep and Long My districts.

In July, the province closed the Tan Long dump in Phung Hiep District to build the Hoa An Waste Treatment Plant, which is expected to be completed in 2016.

As a result, the province's three dumps — Kinh Cung, Long My and Tan Tien in Vi Thanh city – have been receiving waste once slated for the closed dump.

Kinh Cung has been receiving an additional 50 tonnes of rubbish a day, while Long My has had an additional 40 tonnes.

According to the provincial department of Natural Resources and Environment, the Kinh Cung dump, built in 1996, has been overloaded for months.

The dump emits a strong odour in the dry season and leaks waste water into nearby areas during the rainy season, polluting fields, rivers and canals.

At a recent meeting, Nguyen Lien Khoa, deputy chairman of the provincial People's Committee, approved the expansion of Kinh Cung and Long My dumps.

Kinh Cung will be increased from 11,920 sq.m to 19,000 sq.m and Long My from 10,000 sq.m to 12,000 sq.m.

Khoa told Hawasuco to set up plans to treat waste water leakage and build facilities to treat pollution at Kinh Cung and Long My dumps.

The company will also spray chemicals to treat the bad smell, flies and mosquitoes at the dumps, he said. — VNS

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