Ho Chi Minh City is devising a plan to improve its waste treatment system to significantly reduce the amount of landfilled trash within the next five years.
A statement from the city’s Environment and Natural Resources Department said the goal is to bury only 60 percent of solid waste while the rest will be burned, recycled and decomposed into fertilizer.
HCMC discharges around 8,000 tons of waste a day and currently buries 75 percent of it, a method officials have described as “contemporary” because it takes up a lot of land.
Several Australian and Japanese companies have expressed interest in spending millions of dollars in recycling plants in the city to produce energy and fertilizer from waste.
Across Vietnam, around 76,000 tons of waste is discharged every day and 80 percent of it is also buried.