Authorities in the central province of Quang Nam, city of Hoi An and the Japanese city of Naha, on Aug. 25 signed an agreement on applying the latter’s model of reducing and managing waste for the future.

Signed within the framework of the ongoing Hoi An-Japan cultural exchange, the agreement was funded by the Okinawa Citizens’ Recycling Movement.

The Japanese side will dispatch a group of Japanese experts to Hoi An to conduct surveys, hold a seminar and receive Vietnamese trainees who will learn about waste recycling, treatment and management process in Japan.

Hoi An is facing a number of difficulties in dealing with solid waste, including poor public awareness on separating the different types and a lack of land to build suitable disposal grounds.

So far, the locality and relevant agencies have completed the classification of waste for the precincts of Minh An, Son Pho, Tan An and Cam Pho. A waste treatment plant using biological technology is also due to commence operation in the Cam Ha commune in the near future.-VNA