The Ho Chi Minh City government has ordered relevant agencies to conduct a feasibility study for a US$180 million waste-burning power plant.
The project, proposed by Korea’s Hansol Corp., is expected to incinerate 1,000 tons of waste a day that would otherwise be destined for landfill, local media reported.
Huynh Kim Tuoc, director of the Energy Conservation Center, said Hansol wants to fund 80 percent of the project and suggests the city government pay the rest.
Hansol Corp. will use stoker technology that can burn different kinds of waste including rubber, leather, cloth, paper, plastic and medical waste, Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon Online quoted Tuoc as saying.
The city now generates 7,500 metric tons of waste every day and this is expected to increase by 8 percent every year.
Some 75 percent of the garbage is buried, which causes wastage of land and pollutes the land as well as water sources. The rest is recycled or burnt.
At the national level, 85 percent of 23,000 tons of waste is buried every day.