Waste-to-energy technology viable solution for Vietnam’s waste crisis

HCM CITY (Viet Nam News/ANN) – Waste-to-energy technology is a feasible solution for the solid waste crisis in Vietnam’s major cities, local authorities said.

Waste-to-energy technology systems, which are developed with environmental safety and standards, can reduce the volume of waste going to landfills, Director General of the Vietnam Institute for Urban and Rural Planning Luu Duc Cuong said.

“Source separation of domestic waste, considered the best waste management approach, has not been implemented successfully nationwide, so mixed-waste incineration without solid-waste segregation will be the appropriate technology for urban solid waste in Vietnam,” Cuong said.

“For the long term, intensive waste-to-energy technology such as pyrolysis and gasification should be implemented,” he said.However, the high investment and operation costs are a concern for decision-makers, Cuong said at the Waste Management and Waste to Energy Asia Summit that opened yesterday in HCM City.

Small-scale incinerators have dioxin and furan pollution risks, he said.

Nguyen Huy Phuong, of the HCM City Department of Natural Resources and Environment’s Division of Solid Waste Management said the city government had offered incentives to local and foreign investors to invest in waste treatment projects.

The city has prepared land covering 72,500sqm, with site clearance compensation completed at the Tay Bac solid waste treatment complex in Cu Chi District, for investment in new plants, he said.