Jul 04, 2019 / 15:42

Garbage piling up on streets in Hanoi as locals blockade entrance to landfill

The Hanoitimes - This is not the first time that local stop garbage trucks from entering the landfills, and Hanoi is once again plunged in a garbage crisis.

Many streets in Hanoi over the past few days are filled with garbage as residents in Nam Son commune, Soc Son district are stopping garbage trucks from entering the Waste Treatment Complex, local media reported.

Nam Son residents are angered over the protracted pollution in the area but they could not resettle elsewhere because the compensation is still no where to be seen.  
 
residents in Nam Son commune, Soc Son district stopped garbage trucks from entering the Waste Treatment Complex. Photo: Le Quan
Residents in Nam Son commune, Soc Son district stop garbage trucks from entering the Waste Treatment Complex. Photo: Le Quan
This is not the first time that people have prevented garbage trucks from entering the landfills, one of the largest in Hanoi, which receives some 4,000 tons of garbage per day. Thus, these days, Hanoi is once again plunged in a garbage crisis.

According to Thanh Nien newspaper, domestic waste was heaped on the streets, but garbage trucks have stopped collecting the waste since 6pm on July 1.

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, giving off smelly odors and affecting local residents.

Nguyen Huu Tien, general director of the Hanoi Urban Environment Company (Urenco), told Thanh Nien that the pileups of garbage in Hanoi’s streets resulted from the fact that residents living near the Nam Son dump site blocked the passage of garbage trucks, with hundreds of trucks affected. 

According to Tien, the competent authorities are working to resolve the problem. It is hard to estimate the total volume of garbage pileups in Hanoi’s downtown that needs to be collected, he added. 

Meanwhile, Soc Son district’s authority on July 3 afternoon held a dialogue with some 80 households in an attempt to resolve the problem at which many local residents expressed their discontent.

Talking to Thanh Nien, Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee Nguyen Duc Chung said the city has arranged compensation for people in Soc Son district and asked the locality to handle the issue. 

Hanoi’s authority is working out the procedures to pay compensation to the people, Chung said, adding that he himself would directly deal with the issue.

Pham Xuan Phuong, secretary of Soc Son district’s Party Committee, told Thanh Nien that the district’s authority has begun to pay compensation for Nam Son residents.