Tourist island Phu Quoc is finally building a waste treatment plant

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Trash on a popular Phu Quoc beach. Photo: Dinh Tuyen Trash on a popular Phu Quoc beach. Photo: Dinh Tuyen


The first waste treatment plant for Phu Quoc Island, one of Vietnam's top tourist destinations, will be built later this year to resolve the worsening pollution crisis here, officials said. 
Huynh Quang Hung, deputy chairman of Phu Quoc District People’s Committee, told the Saigon Times Online that the district had handed over 10 hectares of land in Ham Ninh Commune for the project.
It is expected that the plant will come into operation in late 2016. Hoan Cau, a local company, will develop the project but the estimated cost has not been revealed. 
The district has also tasked a group of Japanese consultants from Kobe with making a feasibility study on the construction of a wastewater treatment system for the island, Hung said.
The study is expected to be submitted next year.
Currently, all the garbage on Phu Quoc is transported to dumping grounds for burying and treated with odor control chemicals.
Untreated waste has become a big problem for the island, dubbed the pearl of southern Vietnam. Total waste discharges have reached 80 metric tons a day. 
For better or worse, the local tourism industry is booming here. 
Between January and October, the district received around 700,000 arrivals. It is expected to receive around 900,000 arrivals this year, up 40 percent annually.

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