Private garbage collectors asked to replace rudimentary vehicles before October

There have been controversial opinions over replacing private garbage collectors’ rudimentary vehicles in Ho Chi Minh City at a meeting held by the city’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment to review the replacement of private garbage collectors’ vehicles.

Private garbage collectors asked to replace rudimentary vehicles before October

Deputy Head of the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Van Thach said that the cityaveragely  collects and handles more than 9,000 tons of litter produced from daily activities including 60 percent of solid waste collected by private garbage collectors.
However, private garbage collectors’ vehicles are very rudimentary which fails to meet environment standards. Worse, in some localities, private garbage collectors’ old vehicles leak on the roads while transporting wastes or collectors forget to take waste in residential quarters, causing anger amongst dwellers.
So far, the Department has encouraged 616 private garbage collectors to establish private co-operatives or companies or join in public service companies in their respective districts.
The road map for the change is needed and differently carried out in districts from outlying areas to urban ones to protect private collectors’ incomes.
City authorities have asked related agencies to finish buying new vehicles no later than October, 2019. The city will provide financial support to private garbage collectors which want to set up companies.
Each member of a co-operative can access unsecured loans at an interest rate of 8.4 percent per year. Apart from that, they are entitled to ask for a loan from the Environment Protection Fund at an interest rate of 4.27 percent a year within seven years.

By AI VAN - Translated by DANG MINH

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