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Garbage still a headache in Ho Chi Minh City

Monday, November 05, 2018, 20:02 GMT+7
Garbage still a headache in Ho Chi Minh City
Garbage stacks up on the sidewalk along Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Garbage still poses serious problems in Ho Chi Minh City despite the recent launching of an environmental campaign by municipal authorities.

According to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters in early November, rubbish is still piling up along sidewalks, roadways, and neighborhoods across the southern metropolis.

Trash along a street in Ho Chi Minh City.
Trash along a street in Ho Chi Minh City

Bags containing household waste can easily be found at any corner, while public trash cans appear to be overloaded most of the time.

Green trees along local promenades have also fallen victim to the issue as many residents tend to dump their trash around the plants.

Garbage containers are overfilled along a street.
Garbage containers are overfilled along a street.

Multiple diners exacerbate the problem by dumping their trash and leftover food at public places.

In some neighborhoods, residents still follow the bad habit of throwing dead mice on the roadways.

The mice were previously trapped and killed by the locals. They then threw the dead animals on the street so that vehicles would help ‘deal with’ the bodies by crushing them.

Pedestrians are unable to walk on the sidewalk as it is blocked by a malrge amount of garbage.
Pedestrians are unable to walk on the sidewalk as it is blocked by a large amount of garbage.

On October 21, leaders of the southern city launched a years-long campaign that encourages citizens to stop littering along streets and canals, which is aimed at keeping the city clean and alleviating inundation.

As part of the campaign, which runs from 2018 to 2020, district-level authorities are tasked with raising the environmental awareness of local residents and strictly penalizing violators. 

A canal in Tan Phu District is filled with trash.
A canal in Tan Phu District is filled with trash.
Rubbish is littered at a manhole cover despite the presence of a recycle bin.
Rubbish is thrown at a manhole cover despite the presence of a recycle bin.
Rubbish along Dien Bien Phu Street in District 1.
Rubbish along Dien Bien Phu Street in Binh Thanh District.
Trash is dumped near green trees along a promenade.
Trash is dumped near green trees along a promenade.
Garbage piles up along National Highway 1.
Garbage piles up along National Highway 1.
Employee of a diner sweeps trash and leftover food onto the roadway on Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10.
Employees of a diner sweep trash and leftover food onto the roadway on Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10.
Rubbish is often dumped at night despite a prohibition sign at a neighborhood in Binh Chanh District.
Rubbish is often dumped at night despite a prohibition sign at a neighborhood in Binh Chanh District.
Bodies of dead mice are crushed after being thrown on the driveway at a market in District 4.
Bodies of dead mice are crushed after being thrown on the roadway at a market in District 4.
Commuters have to avoid rubbish dumped on the roadway.
Commuters have to avoid rubbish dumped on the roadway.
Garbage containers are overfilled along a street.
Garbage containers are overfilled along a street.

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News

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