The southern province of Binh Duong is employing a number of measures to reduce the levels of environmental pollution triggered by the increasing amount of solid waste in urban areas and industrial parks.

The locality discharges around 1,000 tonnes of residential solid waste on a daily basis, mainly from households, schools, hospitals, and administrative bodies, with a mere 10 percent collected and recycled.

Meanwhile, the volume of industrial solid waste is estimated at 7,700 tonnes per day, 290 tonnes of which are hazardous and around only 30 percent of which is disposed of.

To realise the target of recycling 80-85 percent of solid waste by 2020, local authorities have activated a plan on sorting through waste to select the best treatment solutions.

The officials have also decided to increase the number of people tasked with encouraging residents to maintain public hygiene through regular garbage collection and reporting cases of littering on the streets.

Binh Duong is home to 28 industrial zones and sees its population grow 10 percent per year, thus increasing the need for treating domestic and hazardous industrial waste.-VNA