The volume of industrial solid waste discharged daily is estimated at over 13,000 tonnes across Vietnam, according to the Vietnam Government Portal (VGP).

The majority of industrial waste mainly comes from light, chemical and metallurgy industries; craft villages; and illegal imported scraps.

Police of northern Hai Phong city said they have discovered nearly 2,300 containers containing 37,000 tonnes of lead batteries illegally imported at the city’s seaport from 2003 to 2006.

Between 2008 and 2009, they also detected other 340 containers of waste, lead battery scraps, and microelectronics.

Illegally imported scraps are attributed to the lack of comprehensive legal system. Meanwhile, industrial waste keeps rising but collection and treatment efforts have failed to meet the requirements.

In addition, industrial establishments have not paid due attention to the collection and treatment of industrial solid waste and treatment technologies.

Treatment facilities are scattered, thus management has not been efficient.-VNA