|PM Nguyen Tan Dung presents gifts to workers on duty during the holidays at Da Phuoc Solid Waste Treatment Complex. — VNS Photo Ngoc Hai.
HCM CITY (VNS)— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has visited Da Phuoc Solid Waste Treatment Complex, a modern waste management facility invested in and operated by the Viet Nam Waste Solution (VWS) Co. in HCM City's Binh Chanh District as a part of his lunar new year tour.
During the visit on Monday, Dung said the project, which has employed the most advanced technologies and met the highest environmental requirements in Viet Nam,is crucial as HCM City is home to nearly 10 million people, who generate a huge amount of waste per day, not to mention those in nearby localities.
On the topic of the import of recyclable material for the Material Recycling Facility (MRF) at Da Phuoc Complex, Dung said that the most important thing is to control the impact this kind of activity has on the environment.
Environmental businesses, according to the PM, are widely encouraged by the goverment.
"Until now, Viet Nam has not achieved much in terms of waste management. We have been unable to create a waste management model for each government administrative level - from communes to provinces, and in particular craft villages. And we have still not figured out the best approach to waste transportation, one that would cause least damage to the environment," said Dung.
Nguyen Huu Tin, Deputy Chairman of HCM City People's Committee, told the Prime Minister that VWS has invested in the MRF but that the facility has been facing shortages of recycled materials. He said the city authority will propose ministries to allow imports of the necessary materials for the MRF.
Sorted materials (from the VWS) can be used as input materials for many industries such as the paper recycling industry. Currently, these industries have to import material from foreign countries to produce paper. In addition, these materials could also be exported to other countries in the region.
HCM City People's Committee will submit the feasibility report to the Prime Minister for approval, according to Tin.
He said the city has plans to reduce waste volume at Phuoc Hiep Dumping Ground in the Cu Chi District and increase waste at Da Phuoc Waste Treatment Complex between 2015 and 2020.
After 2020, waste discharged by HCM City's residents will be treated at the Green Technology Park that covers over 1,700ha in Long An Province, said Tin.
Huynh Thi Lan Phuong, Executive Deputy President of VWS, said household waste in Viet Nam is high in organic content and moisture, thus, it is suitable for composting.
She said gas generated from sanitary landfill mass will be collected for electricity generation as per VWS's commitment to finding the most environmentally friendly technology. The total capacity is expected to be 10,000 tonnes per day, however, the facility is currently running as low as 3,000 tonnes per day.
VWS is urging HCM City to provide more tonnage in order to achieve economies of scale as well as saving the city's budget.
Based in Binh Chanh District's Da Phuoc Commune, the US$150 million Da Phuoc Solid Waste Treatment Complex is the first private solid waste treatment facility in Viet Nam to use land-filling technology. — VNS