Hanoi’s landfills struggle to deal with increased garbage

Almost all landfills in Hanoi are at bursting point – overloaded with garbage and causing a serious headache for local authorities.

Hanoi’s landfills struggle to deal with increased garbage

Workers spread substances to curb odours from garbage at Nam Son landfill in Hanoi's Soc Son District.  

While officials say they are concerned about the growing mountain of trash, there are a number of new waste treatment centres close to beginning operations.

And over the next 10 years, more high-tech landfill sites will be created.

The biggest site in Nam Son opened in 1999 and covers an area of 157 ha with further expansions planned over the next thirty years.

It receives around 5,000 tonnes of garbage each day, reaching 1.8 million tonnes every year serving 12 inner districts and five suburbs of the capital.

This vast amount of rubbish has caused the authorities to look for alternative measures to solve the garbage problems.

Thiên Ý Hà Nội Environment and Energy Joint Stocks Company were granted an investment licence to build a VND7 trillion waste-to-energy plant at the Nam Son.

It was expected to handle 4,000 tonnes of garbage daily, generating about 75 MW per hour.

But construction of the new facility was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the investor.

It now says it should be operational later this year.

Xuan Son landfill in Ba Vi District receives garbage from 12 suburban districts of Ba Vi, Chuong My, Dan Phuong, Hoai Duc, My Duc, Phuc Tho, Phu Xuyen, Quoc Oai, Thach That, Thanh Oai, Thuong Tin, Ung Hoa and Son Tay Town. 

About 1,500 tonnes of garbage is transferred to the landfill daily, of which, 1,400 tonnes is buried and the rest burnt.

Cau Dien landfill in Nam Tu Liem District mostly deals with medical waste and toilet waste. Two other landfills in the city – Kieu Ki Waste treatment area in Gia Lam District and Phuong Dinh Waste Treatment Area in Dan Phuong District have both closed.

Solid waste is now gathered at Van Noi and Nguyen Khe dumps in Dong Anh District and Vinh Quynh dump in Thanh Tri District. However, only the Nguyen Khe dump is now able to get rid of a modest volume of waste.

Nguyen Huu Tien, Hanoi Urban Environment One Member Limited Company (URENCO) Director General, said overloaded landfills pose high risks of air pollution, wastewater leakage and garbage mounting up because it cannot be buried quickly.

He also fears the situation will worsen as the weather gets warming.

Tien said: “After Tet festival, the concentration of organic waste increased while it’s wet and warm during spring, this caused difficulties to control the smell discharged from the garbage.”

There were also issues with local residents who live near the plants angry over the increasing amount of rubbish. Demonstrations at the site prevented trucks from entering and caused a huge garbage backlog.

 

But there is light at the end of the tunnel.

According to Hanoi’s Construction Department, investment procedures of three waste-to-power projects in the city are being completed.

The three projects are in Son Tay Town and Ba Vi District and can handle an extra 3,000 tonnes of garbage each day.

In Viet Hung Commune, Dong Anh District, an industrial waste depot is almost complete, but investors are asking for permission to treat medical waste as well as industrial waste.

If Government approves their proposal, the plant would start operating in July, a representative of the Viet Hung plant said.

Nguyen Truc Anh, Director of Hanoi’s Planning and Architecture Department said that by 2030, Hanoi plans to have 17 waste treatment areas.

The municipal authorities were stepping up land clearance to make room for waste treatment projects and called for investment including Chau Can in Phu Xuyen District, Phu Dong in Gia Lam District, Dong Ke, Nui Thoong in Chuong My District, Dong Lo in Ung Hoa District, Lai Thuong in Thach That District and Hop Thanh in My Duc District.

The waste treatment areas ranged from 4 ha to 20 ha with the capacity of 500-1,200 tonnes of garbage daily.

Anh said: “Under the plans, more waste treatment plants would be built in Hanoi to help reduce the distance from the places where garbage is gathered to the places where the garbage is treated.

“The distance is about 10-30 km, so garbage would not be carried through inner-city areas.”

Nguyen Trong Dong, vice chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee said the city asked relevant agencies to help solve difficulties for waste-to-energy plant projects.

Authorities in districts of Soc Son, Ba Vi, Son Tay Town and other districts with waste treatment projects were asked to speed up land clearance to make room for the projects, Dong said.

He added: “With such a huge amount and increase in volume of garbage, Hanoi identified two key solutions to the issue.”

While the city is looking for investors who can incorporate modern technology in their waste control methods, they are also asking the public to ensure they categorise garbage at source and work together to improve waste management for future generations.  

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Hanoi’s landfills overloaded

Hanoi’s landfills overloaded

All landfill waste sites in Hanoi are overloaded, while many waste treatment projects in the city remain on paper.

Hanoi struggles to deal with landfill pollution

Hanoi struggles to deal with landfill pollution

Hundreds of litres of chemicals have been used to remove the stench and kill flies in Nam Son landfill, Hanoi's biggest landfill.

 
 

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