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Garbage dumped on roads in Hanoi
The Saigon Times Daily
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Garbage dumped on roads in Hanoi

The Saigon Times Daily

Garbage is seen piling up in carts and being rampant on a street in Hanoi - PHOTO: SAI GON GIAI PHONG NEWSPAPER

HCMC - Many central areas of Hanoi over the past few days are littered with garbage as residents in Soc Son District's Nam Son Commune, angered over the long-term pollution and still awaiting compensation for resettlement, stopped garbage trucks from entering dump sites.

As Thanh Nien reported, the situation was unresolved as of the night of January 13. Domestic waste was heaped in place, but there were no garbage trucks collecting the waste.

Some garbage collectors in Thanh Xuan District said that the trucks did not arrive to pick up the garbage over the past three days.

At many garbage collection points, garbage has piled up in carts and on the streets, giving off an unpleasant smell and affecting local residents.

Tran Quyet Thang, 64, whose house in Cau Giay District is close to a garbage collection point, was quoted by the newspaper as saying that trucks have not picked up the garbage since the afternoon of January 11 and the neighborhood has been forced to endure the stench.

Nguyen Huu Tien, general director of Hanoi Urban Environment Company (Urenco), told Thanh Nien on January 13 that garbage piling up in Hanoi’s streets had resulted from the fact that residents living near the Nam Son dump site had started to block the passage of garbage trucks on the night of January 10, with hundreds of trucks affected. Trucks remained unable to make it through until January 13 in the afternoon.

According to Tien, the competent authorities are working to resolve the problem. Regarding the garbage piles in central areas of the city, it is hard to estimate the total volume of garbage that needs to be collected, he added. 

Dong Phuoc An, deputy director of the Hanoi Department of Construction, said the blocking of garbage trucks involves site clearance and compensation activities affecting those living around the Nam Son dump site.

Thanh Nien quoted another official at the construction department as saying that each district will have its own short-term solutions to clear the garbage piles in their areas until the garbage can be carried to the Nam Son dump site as usual.

This is not the first time that people have prevented garbage trucks from entering the Nam Som dump site, one of the largest dumps in Hanoi, receiving some 4,000 tons of garbage per day.

Meanwhile, the government of Soc Son District on the afternoon of January 13 held a dialogue with some 80 households in an attempt to resolve the problem. Many local residents expressed their opinions at the dialogue.

Director of the Hanoi Department of Construction Le Van Duc said the city was working hard to complete garbage incineration projects.

However, according to Hanoi Party chief Hoang Trung Hai at a working session with the department last December, many waste projects remain unrealized. It is essential to ensure the completion of these projects so that they can be put into operation as planned, he noted.

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