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Waste treatment firm works on modern Green Technology Park

Update: November, 10/2014 - 09:24
Viet Nam Waste Solutions (VWS) broke ground for construction of a bridge near the Green Technology Park (GTP) in Long An Province's Thu Thua District yesterday. — Photo tintucvietnam

LONG AN (VNS) — Viet Nam Waste Solutions (VWS) broke ground for construction of a bridge near the Green Technology Park (GTP) in Long An Province's Thu Thua District yesterday.

Located on 1,760ha, the GTP project aims to provide long-term and comprehensive waste management for HCM City and neighbouring provinces.

It will use global waste management technologies including waste-to-energy, gasification, and transformation processes.

"The project development is designed to be flexible and scalable to meet the region's future changing waste management needs," said David Duong, Chairman and CEO of California Waste Solutions, Inc., the parent company of VWS.

Duong said Viet Nam's current disposal waste stream included about 80 per cent food waste and other organic wastes. The majority of plastic, glass and metals inert materials are removed from the waste stream prior to disposal.

"As the Viet Nam economy evolves, the composition of the waste stream is anticipated to change with the inert material content of the wastes increasing," he said.

The GTP site will consist of facilities such as a waterfront shipping and receiving station for the unloading of waste, recyclables, and construction materials and a hi-tech landfill disposal area.

A segregated portion of the disposal area will be prepared for medical wastes; waste-to-energy residues or ash; other non-classified wastes; compositing-processing facilities and hi-tech landfill support facilities; facilities for municipal water treatment plant sludge; and water treatment facilities for treating hi-tech landfill waste water.

It also will include a multi-functional recycling processing and separation facility; an education and communication centre for citizens and school children; employee housing campus; e-waste and household hazardous wastes collection areas; landfill gas recovery facilities to capture and destroy greenhouse gases; and others.

The Lotus Environmental Technologies Campus of the GTP, which is located on 450ha, will include a park-like buffer (or green) zone with electrical power generated from the landfill gas.

Located on 1,760ha, the GTP project aims to provide long-term and comprehensive waste management for HCM City and neighbouring provinces.

Traffic congestion will be reduced by eliminating at least 50 per cent of the old waste packer trucks. The replacement of old waste packer trucks with sealed transfer containers will reduce leachate leakage from waste hauling trucks.

Duong said employment growth would occur through jobs created at the GTP site and jobs to support the waste transportation network.

Do Huu Lam, Chairman of the Long An People's Committee, noted that GTP was a regional co-operation project between Long An Province and HCM City that was approved by the Prime Minister in 2008.

"It took a long time for VWS to reach agreements and gain approval for site access. Currently the investor has basically got all the paper work needed to implement the project," he said.

Deputy Minister for Construction, Cao Lai Quang, said: "GTP will contribute to successful waste management in Long An and HCM City in particular, and Viet Nam in general."

"It will help achieve targets set under the National Strategy on Solid Waste Management approved by the Prime Minister in December 2009."

With an initial investment of over $500 million in the first 25 years (phase 1), GTP is the second project invested in and developed by VWS in Viet Nam.

The first VWS project, the Da Phuoc Integrated Waste Management Facility, is now in its seventh year of operation. It operates under a 50-year contract signed between HCM City and VWS.

With current investment of over $140 million, the facility is designed to manage up to 10,000 tonnes of waste per day. When fully developed, investment in this facility will exceed $400 million. — VNS

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