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Hanoi expands rubbish dumping areas

17 November 2021 | 09:26:00 AM

Hanoi authorities have decided to expand the dump at the city's largest landfill in Soc Son District to deal with overloading.

An overview of the Nam Son Landfill

According to a decision signed by the the city municipal chairman Chu Ngoc Anh, the city will urgently build two more tailings ponds and a new dumping site on an area of 10.5 hectares at the Nam Son Landfill in Soc Son District.

The project is estimated to cost nearly VND 95 billion (USD4.13 million) and expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2022. It is hoped to help resolve the recent overloading at the city's dumping sites.

At present, the capital has two landfills, Nam Son and Xuan Son, which bury waste.

Both of these landfills have constantly operated beyond their capacity and are now overloaded.

More than 4,000 tonnes of waste are being sent for burial at Nam Son Landfill every day. Meanwhile, the Xuan Son Landfill in Son Tay Town is receiving over 1,400 tonnes of waste which is 230 tonnes higher than capacity.

Hanoi People's Committee Vice-Chairman Nguyen Trong Dong recently asked the construction department to build a new 2.2-hectare dumping site in Ba Vi District.

Meanwhile, the Soc Son Waste-to-Energy project in Nam Son Waste Treatment Complex which was expected to deal with 90 percent of waste at the Nam Son Landfill failed to finish construction as expected in September.

The project was approved in late 2017 with a total investment of VND7 trillion (USD303 million). Once completed, it would be the largest in Vietnam and the second largest in the world with a capacity of handling 4,000 tonnes of dry solid waste per day.

Speaking with the Tien Phong Newspaper, a representative from the project investor, the Hanoi-based Thien Y Environmental Energy JSC, said that they faced difficulties in employing staff due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak.

Vice-Chairman Nguyen Trong Dong urged the investor to try to put the plant into operation by March next year.

(, Tien Phong)

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