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Heavy penalties for illegal dumping of waste
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Heavy penalties for illegal dumping of waste

Van Nam

HCMC – Those littering or illegally dumping garbage on streets and into sewers will be fined up to VND7 million (around US$310), according to a new Government decree.

The HCMC Department of Natural Resources and Environment said at a conference on Tuesday that it would work with district authorities next week over plans to raise public awareness of the new rule before full enforcement.

Le Van Khoa, vice chairman of the city, told the conference that the public is not yet fully aware of environmental protection, which is evident in rampant littering and illegal waste disposal in the city.

The city spends VND2.2-2.4 trillion (US$96.9-105.6 million) annually having nearly 7,000 tons of garbage collected and treated a day.

According to the central Government’s decree on administrative penalties in the field of environmental protection, those littering or illegally dumping household garbage in residential and public areas would pay a fine of VND3-5 million. Fines of VND5 million to VND7 million will be slapped on those people littering or illegally throwing away household waste on sidewalks and streets, or into drainage systems and canals.

Khoa said the municipal People’s Council would meet in May to discuss plans to apply modern waste treatment technology and waste classification.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment said at the conference that all solid, hazardous and medical waste would be collected, transported and treated in line with environmental protection regulations by the end of this year.

The city looks to incinerate 40% of its waste and bury the remainder as part of a master plan for solid waste treatment in the 2016-2020 period.

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