The inauguration ceremony of the plant. (Photo: vea.gov.vn)
The 10,000 square metre plant was designed to treat 2.2 tonnes of solid waste per day and includes a household waste treatment centre, a solid waste classification system, a leachate treatment plant, and a landfill, among other facilities.
The plant was built at a total cost of VND 6.5 billion (US$312,000), of which VND 5.7 billion (US$274,000) came from the fund for Pollution Control in Poor, Densely Populated Areas (PCDA) component – one of four components under the Vietnam-Denmark Development Co-operation on the Environment for the 2006-2011 period.
In recent years, garbage disposal on Cu Lao Cham island has faced many challenges due to difficulties collecting and transfering rubbish to the mainland.
When it is put into operation, the plant will improve the standard of living for local people and help preserve the island’s landscape, which is a World Biosphere Reserve.
The management board of the component, in co-operation with local authorities, will also implement activities to raise people’s awareness of environmental protection and encourage their involvement in operating and maintaining the plant.