A workshop to discuss the draft national strategy on
reducing, reusing and recycling waste by 2020 was held
on October 1 in HCM City.
All participants at the workshop agreed on the
importance of the application of 3R solutions (reduce,
reuse and recycle) in the strengthening of environmental
pollution control. Classifying and reducing waste should
be highlighted as a top priority task, while the
heightening of the community’s awareness about its
responsibility should be seen as the core solution.
Nguyen Trung Thang, Head of the Environment and
Sustainable Development Department under the Institute
for Natural Resources and the Environment, said that the
solid waste volume was 17mil tonnes in 2007, but it is
expected to be 50mil tonnes by 2020, or
Thang said that only 15-20% of solid waste is
classified, while the other 75-80% is buried. Waste
classification has been implemented only on a small
scale under trial projects in big cities like Hanoi and
In order to deal with solid waste, Vietnam is
considering utilising a new technology (Seraphin
technology) to treat solid waste. If the new technology
can be utilised successfully, Vietnam will be able to
recycle up to 90% of waste.
Participants at the workshop also agreed that policies
on recycling and reusing waste should be promulgated by
2010 instead of 2020 as stipulated in the draft national
strategy on reducing, reusing and recycling waste.
They said that the lack of a legal framework on this
issue has made investors hesitant about implementing
projects on classifying waste for recycling.