Hanoi has approved spending more than 107 trillion VND (5.1 billion USD) on collecting, classifying and properly treating solid waste in a bid to reduce environmental pollution and make the capital city greener by 2030.

Under the new plan, domestic solid waste in the city will be collected and recycled down to organic fertilizer, or burnt and dumped at landfills in three suburban zones. Waste will be treated in 17 areas spread across the city.

The city will also build 29 dumping sites for construction and mud waste. Money will be assigned to the projects from the State budget, official development assistance funds and build-operate-transfer loans.

A report on the environment in Vietnam from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment released last August showed that solid waste in urban, industrial and economic areas has increased on average 10 percent annually. Of this amount, 46 percent is from urban areas, 17 percent from industrial production and the rest from rural areas and traditional craft villages.

Currently, on average, each city in the country has one dumping site for all kinds of waste. Hanoi and HCM City have four and five respectively.

However, only 16 of the country’s 98 dumping sites follow standard procedures for burying waste.

In Hanoi , around 5,000 tonnes of solid waste is discharged every day. There are three solid waste incinerators in the city with a capacity of destroying 120-200 kilos per hour.-VNA