Hanoi has mapped out a long-term plan to effectively manage the growing amount of solid waste in suburban districts.

Vu Hong Khanh, Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee, said Hanoi will have 17 concentrated solid waste treatment areas under the approved city master plan through 2030.

Besides the eight existing facilities, which will all be ungraded, the city will build nine new waste treatment plants and five solid waste transport centres, Khanh said.

The planned new facilities will be located in Dong Anh, Chuong My, Thach That, My Duc and Ba Vi suburban districts.

A plant with a capacity of 500 tonnes per day in Chau Can commune, Phu Xuyen district, will go into operation by early next year at the latest.

The city encouraged enterprises and organisations to take part in treating waste in rural areas, use advanced technologies to turn waste into energy, protect the environment and reduce costs, Khanh added.

Hanoi currently produces around 5,400 tonnes of waste each day, expected to grow to 8,500 tonnes by 2020 and 11,300 tonnes by 2030.

Only 20 percent of waste is currently treated, the rest is buried.-VNA