HA GIANG — The landfill in northern Ha Giang City’s Minh Khai Ward would be shut down this month to make way for construction of a new trash dump and waste water treatment facility, said director of Ha Giang’s Environment and Natural Resources Department Hoang Van Nhu.
Plans for the VND20 billion (US$910,000) project called for a new 3.6-ha facility, said Nhu. It would consist of three main areas, including a zone to treat previously-collected waste, a new landfill and a zone to treat waste water as it leaks from the garbage.
A layer of clay and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) will be placed beneath the new facility to avoid leakage into the ground and prevent environmental pollution.
Duong Van Hai, director of the project developer, Construction and Environment Technology Transfer Company, said the project would help reduce the pollution caused by the current landfill and offer more space for refuse disposal.
The new landfill would be able to properly treat the city’s rubbish for a minimum of three years after its completion next year.
The city is inching closer to its total collection capacity of 70,000 tonnes each day with 65.7 tonnes currently being collected daily, according to 2009 statistics. The current 2-ha landfill has been in use since 2001.
The overloaded landfill combined with improperly treated waste water has caused environment pollution in the city, especially in its water resources. — VNS