Locals in Ho Chi Minh City participate in a "waste for gift" day. (Photo: www.donre.hochiminhcity.gov.vn)
Japan-headquarters Toyobo Co., Ltd. plans to invest in a plant to convert waste into power instead of landfill in Ho Chi Minh City, which is struggling to deal with the waste headache because of booming population, local media reported.
Toyobo proposed treating waste in the city by using microbial fermentation and then converting it into organic material and energy. The firm’s technology has been applied in Singapore, the Philippines and India.
This technology, which does not require the sort-out of waste at source, is considered suitable for Vietnam where garbage is not thoroughly separated, a Toyobo representative told Nguyen Thanh Phong, chairman of HCM City People’s Committee, at a meeting on May 26.
HCM City, the most populous metropolis in Vietnam with 10 million people, discharges 6,500-7,000 tons of waste daily, which are mostly treated through landfill. The municipal authorities are interested in non-landfill technologies, said Mr. Phong.
With Toyobo’s proposal, HCM City can grant a license to the company in September this year, Mr. Phong tipped.