Though HCM City last year approved a project to use solid-waste to produce fertiliser, authorities have had difficulty in finding an agency to properly assess the scheme, delaying implementation.
In March last year, the municipal people’s committee allowed the environment department to conduct a project on categorising solid waste into organic and inorganic types for later recycling into fertiliser.
Nguyen Trung Viet, an official from the department, said they submitted the plan to the city authority in April last year but the authority was unable to select a department to assess the plan.
The city construction and finance departments refused to evaluate the scheme, saying that it was not among their duties and responsibilities.
Huynh Thu Ha, a committee member concerned with environmentalism, confessed to date the project had yet to be implemented.
In March of last year, residents in some districts were asked to classify their garbage before putting it out for collection. Sanitation workers were to be in charge of transporting the classified garbage to places meant for waste processing.
Due to lack of necessary facilities, workers mixed the classified garbage again, annoying local residents.
Construction is now almost complete on factories capable of recycling waste into fertiliser in the city, but the sluggish waste-classifying project could delay operation of the plants until next year.
According to statistics released last year, eight million residents turned out 6,000-6,500 tonnes of solid waste daily but the city only collected 5,200 tonnes at most.