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Mammoth waste processing facility in Vietnam

A behemoth waste processing complex, built by a Vietnamese expatriate living in the USA, is scheduled to open by the end of this year in Ho Chi Minh City. Costing around US$ 100 million (Euro 68 million), the facility is expected to handle over 3000 tonnes of refuse per day and will include a recycling plant capable of processing around 1000 tonnes per day. Located in the Da Phuoc Commune in the city’s Binh Chanh District, the complex covers an area of 140 hectares and meets US hygiene and environmental standards, according to the construction firm.

The man behind the project David Duong settled with his family in the USA when he was 21. Before returning Vietnam in 2002 to begin work on the complex, Mr Duong ran successful US-based company California Waste Solutions, which specialises in both processing and recycling refuse. Asked why he had chosen to build the complex in Vietnam while simultaneously running four other plants in the USA and the Philippines, he expressed a deep-seated desire to help his native country bolster its environmental record.

According to Dao Anh Kiet, Director of Vietnam’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the complex could handle some 3100 tonnes of Ho Chi Minh City’s daily production of around 6000 tonnes of refuse. All waste is currently handled at the Phuoc Hiep dump in Cu Chi District.

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