Authorities in Da Nang have sent a delegation of officials to Japan to study a waste sorting model that is expected to help solve trash-related problems in the central Vietnamese hub.
To Van Hung, director of the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment, confirmed the information during a meeting chaired by the city’s administration on Tuesday.
A waste sorting program will then be drafted and submitted to the municipal People’s Council for approval, Hung continued.
The city produces about 1,000 metric tons of trash on a daily basis, Huynh Duc Tho, chairman of the Da Nang People’s Committee, said, adding that the amount increases by about 20 percent every year.
The garbage is mainly disposed of via burial, but the city may soon run out of space for this method, Tho elaborated.
Local businesses have invested in constructing facilities that can covert certain types of solid waste into fuel, fertilizer, and building materials.
|The Khanh Son landfill in Da Nang City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The process, however, cannot take place if the waste is not properly sorted, the chairman stated.
Municipal authorities will thus enforce regulations on garbage classification, along with penalties for violators, which is similar to what is applied in Ho Chi Minh City, he added.
Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City started to require its residents to classify their garbage on November 24. The rules will be phased in over an undisclosed time frame, before government agencies begin fining violators.
In Da Nang, officials are expected to provide citizens with bags and recycle bins to help sort their rubbish correctly.
They will also take necessary measures to improve the services of units responsible for waste collection, transport, and treatment.
The garbage sorting model is anticipated to be applied across Da Nang in May 2019.