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Harmful waste treatment fees flying in HCMC

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:49 am

The average cost to treat harmful waste has skyrocketed up to VND40 million (US$2,000) a ton from only VND1.3 million in 2007. With such booming prices, businesses have to draw up contracts with waste treatment companies.

Prices skyrocket

The director of a cooking oil production plant in Tan Binh Industrial Zone (IZ) said that in 2009, his plant signed a waste treatment contract for the price of VND4.5 million a ton, but now it has increase to VND20 million.

The prices of harmful waste treatment skyrocket in HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

Two other companies in Hiep Phuoc IZ and in District 12 have signed contracts to collect and handle harmful waste at VND40 million a ton.

Meanwhile, the director of a drug production plant in District 12 said that waste treatment companies have been very choosey in things they want to recycle and with others, they reject. The ones they reject need to be handled with high temperatures.

Another issue has become known with regard waste treatment. To cope with the surging prices for waste treatment and with the inspection of authorized organizations, several of them have pretended to sign contracts with the waste collection and treatment companies.

It means they pay the companies a certain amount of money, which both sides have agreed on, in order to deal with the environment inspectors. These businesses do not transfer any of the hazardous waste, or possibly only a little for treatment. 

Meeting one twentieth of demand

The harmful waste treatment companies are just able to meet one twentieth of the demand, causing the price to skyrocket, according to Nguyen Trung Viet from the city Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

Statistically, HCMC produce 600 tons of harmful waste a day while the treatment companies just accommodate only 30 tons a day, which leads to them increasing their prices. Additionally, they usually chose the type of waste they are able to cycle, although the number of waste unable to recycle is three times higher.

In 2008, HCMC had 20 harmful waste treatment companies, most of them being private companies with little scope and capacity.

The number has been sharply dropped this year as the environment inspectors have tightened the regulations and have suspended 17 companies for failing to meet environment standards.

Because of the booming number of harmful waste, and the reduction in the number of the treatment companies, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment has called on an enquiry into this issue.

However, no enquiry has been carried out because there is a shortage of land in the city. In the meantime, several treatment companies have reported difficulties about enough land space they need to broaden their bases.

Some years ago, the city government planned to build a complex for treating waste in Cu Chi District. This 100-hectare area site has not yet come to be built, as there is still some paper work to be completed, with regard to clearance problems.

Many treatment companies have left HCMC for neighboring provinces of Binh Phuoc and Binh Duong. They are to build more waste treatment plants there, as the demand is very high.

HCMC management has tried to stabilize prices, but because of the increasing cost of treating harmful waste, it has affected food and product prices in the marketplace. To cope with the issue, the city will soon establish a facility to treat hazardous waste.

According to Bui Cach Tuyen, deputy director of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam has 60 harmful waste treatment companies with only small capacity.

Source: SGGP

German police remove nuclear waste train protesters

In Uncategorized on November 8, 2010 at 8:51 am

German protesters mobilise against nuclear waste train

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 8:51 am

Central province to produce fertilizer from waste

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:35 pm

The Hoi An City People’s Committee in the central province of Quang Nam said September 5 a waste treatment plant would be built on Cham Island and would provide microbiology fertilizer.

A corner of Cu Lao Cham Island in Hoi An waters

The Hoi An administration said a site has been selected to build the 1.2 hectare- plant with the Dannish Government’s funding.

The plant would be designed to deal with one ton of waste per day to turn out microbiology fertilizer.

The project will also include a wastewater treatment system.

Cu Lao Cham Island is the common name for the chain of eight islets near the central Vietnam tourist destination of Hoi An.

It also hosts a diverse ecosystem with more than 500 rare plant species, 228 of which are used in herbal medicine.

Source: SGGP

Waste clean-up to cost 3 million USD

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Waste clean-up to cost 3 million USD

QĐND – Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

Ho Chi Minh City will spend 60 billion VND (3.15 million USD) to collect and treat hazardous waste accumulated at factories, according to the city People’s Committee Vice Chairman Nguyen Trung Tin.

This follows a back-up of dangerous wastes at the factories after the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, early this year, ordered waste-processing units to stop collecting hazardous wastes following a pile-up at these units too.

Tin ordered the Urban Environment Company to quickly build more warehouses and incinerators at Dong Thanh garbage dump to increase its waste-handling capacity from 30 tones a day to 80 tonnes.

According to the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the city’s treatment facilities receive and treat 30-40 tonnes of hazardous wastes every day but enterprises in industrial and processing zones produce around 300 tonnes.

No factory or any other facility in the city has the capability to treat hazardous wastes generated by industries.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Art made from waste helps protect environment

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2010 at 9:23 am

From wastepaper, nylon and coconut fibers, artisans and students in Mekong Delta provinces make unique art and handicraft products, while aiding environmental protection efforts.

Lam Chieu Dong, an artist in Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long, specializes in collages. Using color paper and magazine covers, he tears out and attaches selected portions systematically, to form beautiful and lively pictures.

Dong makes wastepaper harder and rougher, then cuts and pastes it into pictures.

He said it is complicated to make good collages, because it requires patience and the time to get good products.

His collages have won awards at the fine arts exhibition in the Mekong Delta region.

He also paints with lacquer on fake paper and makes sculptures using fake stone, fake wood and fake bronze.

He made an artificial bronze statue of the Bodhisattva of Mercy using sponges; it weighs less than 300 grams and has yet to deteriorate with the passage of years.

Quach Van Den, one of the 3R-Goods shop owners, displays his environmentally friendly products. (Photo:SGGP)

Three students at Can Tho University including Quach Van Den, Ly Van Loi and Tran Thanh Toan cooperated to open a 3R-Goods shop. 3R means Reduce garbage, reuse and recycle.

The shop collects old books, magazines and buys pictures, picture frames and artificial apricot blossoms made from nylon, eggshells and coconut fibers.

Customers have been surprised to find the products are made from recycled materials, such as apricot blossoms made from nylon, which have been a bestseller lately.

The theme of environmental protection presents itself throughout Lam Chieu Dong’s art products such as “Danh Ca” (fishing).

“Mua khong ca” (season without fish) portrays the anguish of fishermen and residents of the Mekong Delta region, whose fish have become extinct.

He said people unmindfully throw away wastepaper, but he encourages them to turn them into art.

The 3R-Goods shop’s purpose is to reduce the effects of climate change, said Quach Van Den.

Den said money collected from selling products in the shop will be used to spread the message and help students recognize necessity of environmental protection.

Source: SGGP

UN atomic agency probing Delhi radioactive waste scandal

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 8:37 am

The UN atomic watchdog said Saturday it is seeking more information about reports of a radioactive waste scandal at the University of Delhi, with one person already dead from radiation poisoning.

India’s atomic energy regulator the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) is currently investigating a claim that Delhi University buried radioactive material on its campus 20 years ago.

Local police also blame the university for dumping an irradiation machine containing radioactive cobalt-60 which ended up in scrapyard in New Delhi, where it killed a 35-year-old worker and put seven others in hospital.

International Atomic Energy Agency spokesman Marc Vridricaire said the watchdog had become aware “of the possibility of a serious radiation emergency at Mayapuri in New Delhi” via media reports on April 9.

It had also seen media reports this week “of a fatality caused by exposure to radiation in Indian scrap metal yards.”

As a result, the IAEA’s Incident and Emergency Centre “has contacted India’s Department of Atomic Energy to request information” and offer help, Vridricaire said.

The Indian Department of Atomic Energy had “confirmed the initial event,” and the AERB had notified the IAEA that “multiple Cobalt-60 sources” had been located and secured, the spokesman continued.

Cobalt-60 is categorised as a radioactive source “that can cause permanent injury to a person handling the material even for a short time without appropriate safety measures and protection.”

The IAEA’s Incident and Emergency Centre was “continuing to seek further information on this event,” Vridicaire said.

“And the IAEA stands ready to assist Indian authorities upon request.”

The incidents at Delhi University have highlighted the lax enforcement of waste disposal laws in India and raised fears of further contamination from the university, the city’s biggest institute with 300,000 students spread over two sites.

Ramesh Chandra, a professor in the chemistry department, told the Times of India on Friday that his counterparts in the physics faculty had buried 20 kilograms of low-grade radioactive waste in a pit on campus 20 years ago.

“Instead of handing over the hazardous material… for proper disposal, they just buried it,” he said. “Though it’s been 20 years the buried isotopes of substances like uranium could still be active.”

Singh said the regulator was looking into waste management by the university and would scrutinise the new allegations by Chandra.

“We will verify the professor’s claims. If toxic waste is found, then we will take strict action against the university,” Singh said.

Delhi University declined to comment on the issue when contacted by AFP.

The gamma irradiation machine found in the Delhi scrapyard earlier this month was imported by the university in 1980, but had not been used since 1985. It was sold to scrap dealers at auction in February.


Source: SGGP

Third Waste Recycling Day to take place in HCM City

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Third Waste Recycling Day to take place in HCM City

QĐND – Thursday, April 15, 2010, 21:4 (GMT+7)

The third annual Waste Recycling Day will take place in HCM City on April 18 to draw attention to environmental issues.

Dr Le Van Khoa, director of the HCM City Recycling Fund, said many children are preparing for the special day by saving their toys’ empty batteries, which are considered hazardous waste.

The main activities for the Waste Recycling Day will be held at Le Van Tam Park in the city’s District 1.

Prior to the big event, from April 13-17, the public will be welcome to deposit waste materials at gathering sites in the 11 districts.

The sites will take only hazardous waste items, including batteries, liquid batteries, bulbs and chemical bottles.

A total of 104 gathering sites will be manned by representatives from the HCM City Centre for Social Activities for Youth, youth unions and women’s unions.

The recycling day aims to publicise the three Rs in waste management: reduce-reuse-recycle.

Five activities before the Waste Recycling Day include a competition on a wide variety of objects made from waste materials, a video contest on the topic of the 3Rs, a fashion contest made from waste materials, a public speaking contest on the environment, and a slogan contest to promote the use of environmentally friendly bags.

During the recycling day, visitors will be able to exchange waste for new items during three activities.

In the Give Old for New event, people can exchange empty milk boxes or used paper for new ones.

During the Dump Waste for Gifts activity, pens, notebooks, key rings and kitchen utensils will be given in exchange for batteries, liquid batteries, bulbs and bottles filled with chemicals.

During the recycling day, an exhibition featuring contestants’ models made from waste, games on the 3Rs, art performances and fairs on recycled products will be held.

Thirty companies have agreed to join the special day as sponsors.

In addition to the chair, the city’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the event will involve many city government agencies.

Source: VNS/VOVNews

Source: QDND

Waste water plant built in Phu An Thanh

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Waste water plant built in Phu An Thanh

QĐND – Monday, March 29, 2010, 21:24 (GMT+7)

Phu An Thanh, on March 26th, broke ground for a waste water plant in its industrial zone of Phu An Thanh.

According to the investors, the plant will have a processing capacity of 10,000 cubic meters of waste water per day and the whole project will cost VND 26 billion.

Construction and Mechanics Company Tanimex (Tanicons) is entrusted to erect the plant in 7 months.

Phu An Thanh Company’s General Director, Lam Truc Nho said that the construction of the plant is a move to fulfill its commitments on environmental protection and preservation of fresh living environment for the community.

Source: DDDN

Translated by Thu Nguyen    

Source: QDND

Waste treatment fees skyrocket as more companies suspended

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Waste treatment fees skyrocket as more companies suspended

QĐND – Saturday, March 27, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

Numerous waste treatment companies in Ho Chi Minh City have been suspended or had their licenses withdrawn for infringing on environmental regulations, causing a further shortage of treatment plants and thus leading other companies to hike their treatment fees sharply.

The city and other provinces, which are home to many polluting factories, have not invested much in waste treatment systems and are now facing a severe lack of options when it comes to treating waste.

HCMC has over 30,000 enterprises that produce 300 tons of dangerous waste a day, while it has only 20 companies to collect and treat the waste at a capacity of 20-30 tons per day.

Worse yet, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Long An and Vinh Long provinces have no treatment facilities at all. Therefore, HCMC companies treat factory waste from these localities as well, even though some are not licensed to do so.

The city’s Natural Resource and Environment Department has recently begun suspending several waste transport and treatment businesses that continually violate environmental regulations.

Tan Phuong Dong Environment Treatment, Trade and Service Company, for instance, has just had its license withdrawn and was fined VND25 million for unscrupulously obtaining a waste treatment license from the department and for treating waste from factories in other provinces while it was only licensed to treat HCMC waste.

But the suspensions have led to a more serious shortage of treatment plants and thus other companies, who are still licensed to operate, have taken advantage of the situation to raise treatment fees.

The fees have soared twofold in HCMC and threefold in provinces to VND4-12 million per ton of waste.

Huynh Minh Nhut, director of the HCMC Urban Environment Company, one of the city’s leading waste treatment enterprises, said that since the company has delayed putting its treatment plant into operation until May, treatment fees at other facilities have skyrocketed.

Since many businesses can’t afford the price hike, they have resorted to dumping their waste in open spaces on the city’s outskirts or stashing it in their factories until a convenient time to dispose of it elsewhere.

The Natural Resource and Environment Department recently convened a meeting with local waste treatment companies to ask them to increase their capacities for collecting and treating waste. The meeting also discussed setting a price cap for treatment fees.

Many enterprises opposed the idea, saying that the price hike merely reflects the law of supply and demand.

A representative of Tung Nguyen treatment company said his enterprise can’t expand its current treatment factory in Le Minh Xuan Industrial Park due to the limited space.

He said the company bought 2,000 square meters of land in Binh Chanh District to build a new treatment facility but the district People’s Committee hasn’t allowed  construction to go ahead as it doesn’t fall in line with the district’s urban planning.

Other companies said they too have faced difficulties in finding space to build further treatment plants since local authorities have refused to license construction projects.

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND