Urban dilemma: Fast-growing Ho Chi Minh City misses most environmental targets

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Ho Chi Minh City does not have proper facilities to handle its large waste discharge. Photo credit: http://tphcm.chinhphu.vn Ho Chi Minh City does not have proper facilities to handle its large waste discharge. Photo credit: http://tphcm.chinhphu.vn

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Vietnam’s southern metropolis has been trying to improve air and water quality for its residents over the past five years, but many of its goals remain unattainable, a new report said. 
Ho Chi Minh City, which posted an average economic growth of 8 percent during the 2011-2015 period, set seven major goals for itself to reduce pollution and improve waste treatment. 
However, as the year 2015 is about to end, the city's government now admits that it has only been able to succeed in minor tasks, which are maintaining waste treatment systems at factories and promoting good environmental practices to its residents. 
Among the more serious problems that have not been dealt with are a lack of waste treatment facilities for most residential areas and a high level of air and noise pollution. 
The city also does not have any proper recycling facilities and the current trash collection system does not include classification of different types of waste. 
The city's government said in a report that weak policies are to blame for the failure, promising to keep working on the unachieved goals in the next five years. 
No specific plans have been announced to mitigate negative impacts caused by increased industrial activity and fast population growth. Its population has grown around 14 percent over the past five years, to around 8.6 million, not including a massive influx of migrants. 

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