Hanoi landfill to get $7.5 mln upgrade

By Vo Hai   November 11, 2021 | 07:00 pm PT
Hanoi landfill to get $7.5 mln upgrade
Aerial view of the Nam Son landfill in Hanoi, July 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh
The larger of Hanoi’s two landfills would be upgraded with leachate ponds and trash dumps at a cost of VND170 billion ($7.48 million), the city People's Committee said.

People's Committee chairman Chu Ngoc Anh on Wednesday signed off on documents for setting up new infrastructure at the Nam Son landfill, also including roads and lighting, and planting trees.

The work will cost around VND80 billion and is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2022.

The setting up of trash dumps and other leachate ponds will cost around VND95 billion and finish at around the same time.

The improvements will help expand the landfill's capacity, protect the environment and prevent diseases in its surrounding areas.

Both Hanoi landfills have faced problems in the past which forced them to stop accepting trash. For instance, heavy rains prevented Nam Son from accepting garbage since it was feared leachate could leak into the environment.

The Xuan Son landfill had a problem with its wastewater processing plant.

Nam Son, built in 1999, spreads over 157 hectares but is often overloaded with garbage.

Over 6,500 tons of trash is produced in Hanoi every day. Around 6,200 tons are buried while the rest is incinerated.

The capital plans to have 17 areas to process solid waste by 2030.

Downpours see Hanoi inundated with uncollected trash. Video by VnExpress/Huy Manh

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