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.