Company causing smell pollution proposed to reduce waste

The Vietnam Waste Solutions Corporation (VWS) which owns waste treatment plan in the South of the city today sent its document to the People’s Committee in Ho Chi Minh City proposing reducing the amount of waste from over 5,000 tons per day to 2,000 tons per day.

VWS, investor of the Da Phuoc Waste Treatment Complex in Binh Chanh District, explained that overloaded waste treatment has caused bad smell pollution in the South, especially in Phu My Hung township in District 7.

Additionally, heavily rains for these days have led to the increase in seepage of screened waste water while the factory has not expanded its capacity of 2,000 meter cubic a day.

Deputy Director of the factory Ms. Huynh Thi Lan Phuong said that the factory will expand its capacity  next year. Currently, the factory has remaining of untreated waste seepage which is kept in the reservoirs; accordingly, the factory proposed People’s Committee to allow reducing by 2,000 tons of waste a day to ensure the safe environment.

In its document, the company wrote the time to stop receiving 2,000 tons of waste starting from October 10, 2016 and later it can continue receiving more waste.

Talking with Sai Gon Giai Phong reporters, Director of the city Department of Environment and Natural Resource Nguyen Toan Thang said that VWS receives over 5,000 tons of waste a day in accordance with a contract between VWS and the city; according the Department will consider VWS’s proposal and the Department will pay attention to inhabitants’ living condition in District 7.

Before inhabitants in districts 7, Binh Chanh, and Nha Be have reported a disturbing smell coming out of nowhere and covering the entire area, affecting their daily life.  After carrying out a probe  environment experts concluded that the foul smell is from VWS’s landfill.

By Ai Van – translated by Anh Quan

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