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Ensuring environmental sanitation on the Lunar New Year 2023

Lunar new year, the most important holiday for Vietnamese, is coming up in just about a month time. The sharp increase of domestic waste during the holiday always puts more pressure on large cities, as the waste is normally 30-40% higher than normal.

Huge amount of waste generated after Lunar new year's events (source: hanoimoi)
Huge amount of waste generated after Lunar new year's events (source: hanoimoi)

Ho Chi Minh City requires the entire sanitation industry to work all day and night from January 19, 2023 to the end of February 26, 2023 (from December 28 of the lunar calendar to the end of the 5th day of the Lunar New Year) to organise, collect and transport domestic solid waste and construction solid waste throughout the city, especially Nguyen Hue flower street and places where fireworks festivals are held. Furthermore, specialised vehicles must be ensured with hygienic quality, not to cause waste and leachate to cause further environmental pollution during collection and transportation activities.

Mr. Nguyen Trong Minh, Director of District 3 Environmental Cooperative shared that the cooperative has 150 members, accounting for nearly 70% of the district's garbage collection force. Because the area has many eateries open for sale on Tet days, 50% of the collection force is still working as usual, including the 1st and 2nd of Tet. Particularly on December 29, the collection force will work harder from early morning to 6pm to collect all domestic waste. The cooperative's means of collection must meet technical and environmental sanitation requirements, collect all solid wastes contained in public garbage bins, and prevent leakage of wastewater or littering during the collection process.

In addition, localities must notify households and waste generators to store domestic waste in their homes on January 22 and January 23, 2023 (for the 1st and 2nd of the Lunar New Year) and not to dispose of garbage in front of the house, sidewalks, roadbeds, drainage manholes, etc. to create conditions for the sanitation industry to rest during these days.

Nam Son treatment plant (source: Lao Dong)
Nam Son treatment plant (source: Lao Dong)

In Hanoi, with the operation of Nam Son Waste Treatment plant, Vietnam's largest waste incineration plant with a capacity of handling 4,000 tons of dry waste, equivalent to nearly 5,500 tons of wet waste, per day, the pressure of higher waste generation is expected to be reduced.

Source: the Internet



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