Residential areas drown in waste while waiting for new treatment plant

  • October 19, 2018

Many areas in Quang Ngai City are overrun by rubbish while residents await the completion of a new waste treatment plant.

Rubbish pile up along the main road in Duc Pho District in the central province of Quang Ngai. —  Photo Dinh Huong

Heaps of discarded waste line National Highway 1A, particularly on the sections that run through Duc Pho and Tu Nghia districts and Thinh Phong Commune in Son Tinh District, Vietnam News Agency reported.

At the southern gate of the city, rubbish piled up along roads and overflowed into nearby channels. A number of dustbins were set up there, but residents did not use them.

The trash has piled up for days, giving off a noxious odour, particularly in rainy days.

In Tu Nghia District alone, around 50 tonnes of domestic rubbish are discharged each day.

Tu Thi Nguyet, a trader at Ve river market, said people from surrounding areas also came to the area to dispose of their rubbish.

“The garbage piles up, stinks all day and is covered by flies and mosquitoes,” she said. “We have to contribute money to buy canvas sheets to cover the garbage in order to reduce the horrible smell.”

Le Quang Nam, a resident of Nghia Thuong Commune, said the amount of garbage was out of hand.

“We hope local authorities take measures to deal with the problem. If the situation keeps going much longer it will cause diseases, particularly during floods in the upcoming rainy season.”

The burning of rubbish along roadsides also threaten traffic safety. Smoke from the burning threatens to impair the vision of drivers, posing high risks for people travelling on these roads. National Highway 1A is typically crowded with vehicles.

Phan Van Nghia, a resident of Mo Duc District, said he often had to avoid the burning rubbish along the highway by driving his motorbike in lanes intended for cars.

Concerning measures to deal with the situation, Chairman of the Tu Nghia District People’s Committee Le Trung Thanh said: “While waiting for the new waste treatment plant to be completed, sanitation workers will temporarily use big nylon bags to collect the waste gathered at temporary rubbish collection points.”

“We will also cover the rubbish with canvas sheets and spray chemicals to reduce the odour,” he said. “Residents are encouraged to sort their rubbish at home to reduce pollution and for easier treatment like burning.”

“Local authorities are actively raising awareness of environmental pollution and teaching residents not to throw rubbish along national highways,” he added.

The Nghia Ky landfill in Nghia Ky Commune was responsible for the storage and treatment of rubbish from Quang Ngai City and the surrounding districts of Tu Nghia, Son Tinh and Nghia Hanh. However, it became overloaded just six years after being put into operation in 2011.

Investment and Development Construction JSC was licensed to transform the landfill into a waste treatment plant last year. The plant was expected to be put into operation last month, but construction lagged behind schedule.

Provincial authorities requested the company strictly follow the construction plan to quickly meet the area’s waste collection and treatment demand.

They also urged authorities of districts and communes to find better temporary dumping sites while waiting for the completion of the project and to take measures to prevent pollution.

Source: Vietnamnet

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