Oct 10, 2016

    Ho Chi Minh's trash woes raise a stink


    TRIEU Thi Thoa of Ho Chi Minh City's District 6 said when her neighbours see a vehicle come to collect garbage, all of them close their doors immediately

    to avoid its stench.

    "I am deeply concerned about the safety of the rubbish collectors, mostly poor people, as they never wear a mask or proper clothes while collecting rubbish," Ms Thoa added.

    "After they collect the garbage, they jump on

    top of it to look for something they can sell.

    "They don't care about their health. How can they care for others' health?"

    she noted.

    Since there are not enough public garbage trucks to collect household rubbish, many private vehicles share in the task.

    These are motorbikes modified by their owners

    by adding a small open body to carry the garbage

    to the city's dumps.

    According to city authorities, there are more than 1,000 such vehicles.

    Most fail to meet safety and hygiene standards, and cause bad odour and pollution wherever they go.

    The situation becomes even worse when it rains since many of the vehicles are not properly covered and filthy water and garbage trickle out.

    Nguyen Thu Hang, director of the Public Service Company in

    District 2, admitted its

    vehicles collect only

    a portion of the garbage

    in the area.

    The gap is filled by many private self-modified vehicles, most of which are sub-standard, she added.

    The private vehicles

    are managed by ward authorities but the problem persists due to lax management, he said.

    The private vehicles collect the waste and move it to a designated spot from where the public garbage trucks take it to the treatment complexes.

    Because most of the private vehicles cannot transfer rubbish directly to the garbage trucks, the rubbish is left on the street instead for the garbage trucks to pick up.