BA RIA-VUNG TAU — The southern province of Ba Ria Vung Tau has announced plans to bolster its environmental protection efforts following a meeting of local officials to discuss the issue.
The proposals include the construction of a new waste treatment and recycling plant in Vung Tau City later this year, in addition to two plants currently under construction and three already operating.
It is hoped that the 9-ha treatment centre, which should be able to process around 1,000cu.m of rubbish per day, will ease the burden currently facing the province’s treatment plants.
In addition, the province is preparing to upgrade the Phuoc Hoa waste treatment plant, in the Tan Thanh District, to increase its capacity.
Phuoc Hoa is one of the province’s three currently operating plants, along with the Ba Ria and Song Xanh treatment centres, and one plant in Con Dao District and another owned by the oil company Vietsopetro are nearing completion.
However, the Ba Ria plant, which processes around 100cu.m of rubbish per day, will be closed next year as its outdated technology means it is producing unacceptable levels of pollution.
This closure will place additional strain on Tan Thanh District’s Song Xanh plant, which specialises in oil waste treatment and is already struggling to meet demand due to its small size and substandard equipment, and will also affect the Phuoc Hoa plant, which can only process 250-270cu.m of waste per day.
The province generates around 1,000cu.m of rubbish every day, but the plants can only treat around 600cu.m, resulting in an unsustainable state of affairs which necessitates the use of dumping sites at Da Bac and Toc Tien.
Vietnamnews - (21/07/2005)