Two waste treatment plants in Dong Anh and Dan Phuong Districts on the outskirts of Hanoi have remained closed for many years.
The headquarters of Thanh Quang Investment JSC, the investor of the two plants, is also deserted.
The company invested more than VND700 billion (US$28.8 million) in the waste treatment plant in Viet Hung Commune, Dong Anh District in 2016.
The plant was anticipated to commence operations in April 2017, with a designed capacity to handle 500 metric tons of garbage per day.
However, it has been left inoperative for years despite its investor being granted a 49-year land use fee exemption.
|Many components of the plant have deteriorated over time. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre
Meanwhile, the Hanoi administration issued the investment certificate to the waste treatment plant in Phuong Dinh Commune, Dan Phuong District 10 years ago.
The plant, with a cost exceeding VND250 billion ($10.3 million) and a capacity to treat 200 metric tons of trash daily, suffered a similar fate.
Chairman of the administration of Phuong Dinh Commune Nguyen Xuan Khang said local residents had repeatedly proposed resuming the operation of the plant, underscoring the need for it to use advanced technology to minimize any impact on their lives.
|Garbage is burned at an unlicensed site in Dan Phuong District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre
Nguyen Thanh Quang, general director of Thanh Quang Investment JSC, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the company was completing procedures to turn the plant in Viet Hung Commune into a facility treating hazardous waste instead of normal garbage.
As for the plant in Phuong Dinh Commune, Quang said his company owes the municipal development investment fund VND75 billion ($3.1 million).
"We have urged investors with both financial and technological capabilities to step in, settle the debt, and recommence operations at the plant," he added.