|Garbage has piled up on Côn Đảo Island in Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu Province. The island has received the green light to ship solid waste to the mainland for treatment.— Photo nld.com.vn|Viet Nam News
BÀ RỊA-VŨNG TÀU – The southern coastal province of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu has approved Côn Đảo District’s proposal to ship domestic solid waste from the island to a landfill on the mainland.
According to Lê Tuấn Quốc, deputy chairman of the province People’s Committee, trash will be compressed into packs weighing 450 kilogrammes each and shipped to Tóc Tiên landfill in Phú Mỹ Town before the rainy season starts in the south (around mid-May).
The Bãi Nhát landfill on the island is almost out of space.
The 3,800sq.m landfill has been used for more than 20 years and now has only around 300sq.m of space left unfilled.
By the end of March last year 70,000 tonnes of untreated solid waste had piled up, severely affecting the environment and the nearby Bãi Nhát beach.
The island has only one garbage incineration facility which can burn up to five tonnes a day.
However, 15 tonnes of domestic solid waste is generated daily.
So on average some 10 tonnes remain untreated every day. — VNS