USAID-funded project helps Thua Thien-Hue reduce waste on rivers

A non-refundable assistance package provided by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for the Central province of Thua Thien-Hue to recycle urban waste has reaped positive results since its launch in August 2018.

The USAID-funded project, worth USD 53,858, aims to improve the ecological environment and minimize pollution caused by plastic waste in Hue city, local rivers and coastal areas of the province.

It is also hoped to contribute to raising public awareness of negative effects of plastic waste on the environment, as well as the importance of promoting efforts to protect the environment.

The project includes a workshop discussing measures to reduce waste on the Huong River and waterways, campaigns to collect waste on local beaches, a waste classification program, and contests to gather initiatives on protecting the environment.

The two-year project sets a target to reduce 5 percent of solid waste discharged into the environment by classifying waste at local schools and promoting the 4R model through extracurricular activities for students. After seven months, more than 1,630 kg of recyclable waste have been collected.

To implement the project, the provincial Center for Social Research and Development (CSRD) also set up trash traps in six locations along the Huong River to collect waste, especially plastic garbage. The move has proved its effectiveness while saving costs and labor, said CSRD Director Pham Thi Dieu My.

Nguyen Truong Son, General Director of the Hue Urban Environment and Public Works Joint Stock Company, said local rivers have seen an increasing amount of waste over the years, especially at locations close to markets and trading areas.

Hue city alone generates about 260 tons of garbage each day, of which nearly 8 percent is plastic waste and bags, he added.

Source: People's Army Newspaper