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Garbage fills Ho Chi Minh City canal as waste collection contract expires

Garbage fills Ho Chi Minh City canal as waste collection contract expires

Sunday, March 10, 2024, 14:18 GMT+7
Garbage fills Ho Chi Minh City canal as waste collection contract expires
A turtle tries to come to the surface of the Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal, which is filled with garbage in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Waste on the Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal in Ho Chi Minh City has yet to be collected since early last month as a contract for it has expired.

At present, waste blankets the surface of the canal section in Tan Binh District.

Local residents and passers-by have expressed concerns about a foul odor emanating from the canal, particularly in the sections parallel to Truong Sa and Hoang Sa Streets in Tan Binh District.

The waterway is strewn with styrofoam boxes, plastic bags, bottles, old mattresses, water hyacinth, used household appliances, and animal carcasses, emitting a foul odor.

Images of fish and turtles struggling to escape from the garbage have broken local residents’ hearts.

Garbage blankets the surface of the canal section in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Garbage blankets the surface of a Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal section in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Mai Thanh Liem, a 37-year-old resident of Tan Binh District, said he had seen no unit collecting garbage from the canal over the past month.

As a result, garbage piles up and emits unpleasant odor, affecting the lives of locals and the landscapes along the canal, Liem added.

The huge volume of trash on the canal threatens the living environment of many kinds of animals. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

The huge volume of trash on the canal threatens the living environment of many kinds of animals. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

A unit previously responsible for waste collection on the Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal, under Ho Chi Minh City Urban Environment Co. Ltd., told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the Management Center of Waterway System under the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has not initiated a new tender for the collection and transport of garbage from the canal.

Despite the contract expiring on December 31 last year, the unit continued to provide the garbage collection service without charge for over a month.

However, the service had to be discontinued as the contract for it has not been extended.

The Management Center of Waterway System said that it had submitted solutions to collect waste on the Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal to the municipal Department of Transport and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

The center will coordinate with relevant units to conduct further steps after getting the approval from the two departments.

Waste on the canal has yet to be collected for over one month. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Waste on the canal has yet to be collected for over one month. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Mai Thanh Liem, a 37-year-old resident in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, says that the garbage emits unpleasant odor, affecting the lives of locals and the landscapes along the canal. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Mai Thanh Liem, a 37-year-old resident in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, says that the garbage emits unpleasant odor, affecting the lives of locals and the landscapes along the canal. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A path along the canal is now desert due to the garbage. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

A path along the canal is now deserted due to the garbage. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

 

 

The canal is filled with a large amount of garbage. Photo: Nguyen Cong Thanh / Tuoi Tre

The canal is filled with a large amount of garbage. Photo: Nguyen Cong Thanh / Tuoi Tre

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