Plastic recycling facilities are causing serious environmental pollution.

A simple nylon recycling production line causing serious environmental pollution.

Operating in the narrow space conditions, rudimentary recycling production line, backward and plastic recycling facilities in the area ward 10 (Vung Tau) have been causing serious environmental pollution, the impact directly to health and life of hundreds of households. To address this, local authorities have been taking actions several times but the situation has not changed.

WASTE DISCHARGE DIRECTLY TO THE ENVIRONMENT.

Located at 225 Luu Chi Hieu, Ward 10 (Vung Tau), plastic recycling facilities Xuan Thanh looks like a giant garbage dump in the middle of residential areas. Area of ​​about 500m2 on the basis of this, thousands of old plastic sacks containing piled into the “mountains” higher than people head. While waiting to be recycled, the stench from the old plastic bag flying out horrible, stuffy black flies and mosquitoes.

Tucked away in a corner, “lines” of the plastic recycling facilities Xuan Thanh very simple, with an area of ​​about 4m2, is “equipped with” a cutting machine and a plastic tap. Le Thi Nga, Xuan Thanh’s owner said, “process” of the plastic recycling facilities is simple: old plastic collectors gathered from various places for the basis, use clean water for washing, cutting crushed, dried, bagged and sold finished products to customers. The whole process of waste water recycling plastic are discharged directly into Rach Ba canals.

Sewage after the process of plastic recycling facilities are discharged directly into canals Rach Ba, making the canal water became dark, stinking smell all year round.

Sewage after the process of plastic recycling facilities are discharged directly into canals Rach Ba, making the canal water became dark, stinking smell all year round.

Located about 200 meters away from Xuan Thanh, nylon recycling facility of Mr Nhi also use similar “technology”. The only difference is this facility located adjacent to the canal open Rach Ba. In addition, because there is no wall surrounding the old nylon should be gathered at the facility of Mr. Nhi blowing around the same time the stench “spillover” into the environment is denser and faster.

"Mountains" of old plastic bags assembled in Xuan Thanh facility for recycling. Photo: Van Canh.

"Mountains" of old plastic bags assembled in Xuan Thanh facility for recycling. Photo: Van Canh.

Mr Pham Quang Sai, managers of urban ward People’s Committee of ward 10, said, outside the two facilities mentioned above, now, on the ward also 4 other nylon recycling facilities exist between the residential areas. Including a facility to recycle the product pellets through a process of heat, the remaining facilities are drying nylon shredding. Most plastic recycling facilities are operating in the cramped space conditions, and use of obsolete technology, simple recycling chain, all are causing serious environmental pollution. In particular, the entire sewage generated in the process of recycling plastic waste is discharged directly into the environment but it does not be processed under the current regulations. Incurred by each day tens of m3 of waste water from the plastic recycling facilities to water channel Rach Ba, flows through the ward 10, have turned to dark color and smelled very unpleasant stench.

Because the plastic recycling facilities on the ward 10 has existed for years, so environmental pollution in residential areas in the province worsening, directly affect the health of nearly 600 households and of thousand inhabitants. Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hung, alley reside at 219 Liu Chi Hieu, pressing said: “The environment is heavily polluted by plastic recycling facilities has caused a great influence on the lives and activities of people in the area. Children, old people living near these facilities often suffer from respiratory diseases. Besides, sources from the hazardous waste recycling facilities plastic leaching into the environment as germ causes cancers”.

“This situation took place a long time. We have a number of requests authorities to take measures to handle the situation has not improved. To ensure environmental hygiene and health of people, we look forward to the competent authorities have drastic measures for recycling facilities plastic pollution “- Mrs Le Thi Sen, a people living in area, said.

GOVERNMENT HAS TO TAKE ACTION, BUT …

Reportedly, on 17-3-2010, People’s 10 wards have set up teams to inspect the nylon recycling facility in the area. After many tests, prompts, and People’s 10 wards were recorded for administrative violations and forced termination of an operation base, three facilities fined (2 million vnd per facility) and 2 warned facilities; also requires these facilities to urgently implement measures to overcome environmental pollution. But a year has passed, most plastic recycling facilities in the area ward 10 is “ignore” the request of local authorities. Untreated sewage from these facilities remain “innocent” directly discharged into the environment in front of the “impotence” of ward 10′s public authorities. Together, health and environment of people living in the area is increasingly being affected…