A new waste treatment plant was put into operation on October 4 in Hanoi, which can process 400 tonnes of garbage a day using advanced incineration technology.

The plant was built by the Thang Long Environmental Service Joint Stock Company, which has won several technology innovation prizes including an award by the World Intellectual Property Organisation for its research project on waste incineration with heat recovery.

Addressing the plant’s inauguration ceremony, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Vu Hong Khanh emphasized the need to apply scientific-technological advances to environmental protection in general and waste treatment in particular. He hailed the Thang Long company as the first scientific enterprise operating in the field of environment, adding that the city hopes more economic sectors will become involved in this field.

More than 16,000 tonnes of solid waste, discharged from households, industrial parks, construction sites, and hospitals, need to be treated daily in the city by 2030.

To address the problem, Hanoi needs about 11 trillion VND (522.3 million USD) to implement a solid waste treatment plan to 2030 with a vision towards 2050.

Seventeen solid waste treatment facilities have therefore been zoned off, including the eight existing ones. The total area for these plants till 2030 will be 422 hectares.

Energy-saving and environmentally-friendly technology will be preferred to treat the waste.

To carry out the project efficiently, the capital will adopt policies and enhance communication campaigns to raise public awareness of environmental protection and classification of solid waste right at home.-VNA