Ho Chi Minh City currently has no plant to treat construction waste which accounts for some 20 percent of the total volume of garbage in the city.
The southern metropolis discharges 9,000-9,500 metric tons of rubbish per day, including some 1,800 metric tons of construction waste.
Only a small volume is collected and treated, while the remaining is transferred to those in need of materials for leveling or left untreated.
The administration in Go Vap District has asked local residents who have plans to build or upgrade their houses or other projects to report the work to their ward authorities and collect debris.
Wards in Go Vap have instructed contractors of projects to work with units in charge of collecting debris.
However, many people dump construction waste on empty land lots or pour the waste into canals.
Ho Chi Minh City Urban Environment Co. Ltd. currently operates two construction waste collection sites on Vo Thi Sau and Le Dai Hanh Streets.
However, most of the waste brought to these sites is from partners of the company. Just a few local residents transport construction waste there.
The company proposed establishing more construction waste collection sites and developing a construction waste treatment and recycling center.
The municipal government has transferred the proposal to the Department of Natural Resources and Environment for revision.
A departmental representative said construction waste is often recycled on the spot and sent to the construction sites of other projects for leveling.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has licensed Sai Gon Xanh Biological Technology Co. Ltd. in the Da Phuoc Waste Treatment Complex in outlying Binh Chanh District to treat construction waste.
In a statement sent to the municipal People's Council, the municipal police suggested the city should increase the construction waste collection capacity to ensure that all of the waste is collected and treated.
Districts should enhance management and education activities, establish hotlines, and promptly deal with violations.
The city needs to ask investors of construction projects to commit themselves to dealing with construction waste and seek investors in construction waste treatment plant projects.
The municipal police also proposed issuing detailed regulations on construction waste management and stricter sanctions against those violating construction waste collection and treatment rules.