Da Nang: Recycling plant come into operation
The first phase of a new waste treatment plant built on an area of 20 ha, located at Khanh Son dump, Da Nang was inaugurated yesterday, making it the first plant in Viet Nam to get updated technology with the capacity of processing 200 tonnes of waste per day in the first stage and 700 tonnes after the second stage becomes operational by 2016. Eventhough, the city reserves an annual fund of VND 7 billion (US $333,000) for waste collection and treatment, it could not solve the problem of pollution from dumps.
"It's a step forward for the city's garbage treatment efforts as 100% of daily rubbish will be recycled to produce oil, unbaked bricks, and bio charcoal," said vice chairman of the city's People's Committee Nguyen Ngoc Tuan. He also hoped it will eventually help turn the city into a green zone by 2025, adding that 90 % of the city's daily rubbish is currently buried.
According to Nguyen Van Tuan, Director of the Viet Nam Environment Joint-Stock Company, his plant will process daily wastes from all the dumps, including plastic waste, which is the toughest to dispose of Khanh Son dump, which expanded from 9.8 ha in 1992 to 48.3 ha in 2007, will be closed down by 2020.