The construction of the Tasco Cu Chi waste treatment and recycling factory begins on November 22 (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City began the construction of a solid waste treatment and recycling factory with capacity able to be raised to meet the demand in Cu Chi district on November 22.

The plant, located at the Tay Bac solid waste treatment complex, is invested with nearly 1 trillion VND (42.8 million USD) and scheduled to become operational in the next two years. 

It is designed to handle 500 tonnes of waste per day, and the capacity will be able to increase to meet the city’s waste treatment demand.

Chau Phuoc Minh, a representative of the investor – Tasco JSC, said the waste-to-energy plant will be equipped with modern technologies to produce high-quality organic fertilizer from organic waste and non-baked bricks from ash. It will also make use of landfill leachate to produce electricity.

The factory’s design will also be favourable for local residents to visit and examine its activities, he added.

Asko Ojaniemi, a Finnish waste treatment expert, said environmental organisations of Finland will give advice and technical support to help the plant succeed in turning waste into materials for making different products.

According to the HCM City Department of Natural Resources and Environment, more than 9,000 tonnes of solid waste are discharged in the city each day, with 76 percent buried, 14.7 percent recycled and 9.3 percent burned.

The city is calling for investment in waste treatment, especially waste-to-energy technologies, so as to reduce the rate of buried waste to 50 percent by 2020 and 20 percent by 2050.-VNA