Mostly funded by ADF loans, the $3.5 million plant is the largest in the northwest and will produce fertilizer for the local agriculture sector.
The Lao Cai Provincial People’s Committee and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) held a ceremony on October 5 to open a waste treatment and recycling plant in Lao Cai city’s Dong Tuyen commune, the largest of its kind in the northwest region.
Located on 30 ha the plant received total investment of VND81.25 billion ($3.57 million), of which VND66.3 billion ($2.95 million) came in AFD loans.
The plant is capable of treating 100-147 tonnes of waste per day, which is processed into organic and mineral fertilizer.
Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee Doan Van Huong asked the Lao Cai Urban Environment Company to operate the plant effectively and coordinate closely with departments and agencies to improve local awareness about classifying rubbish and protecting the environment.
The plant is expected to help the province realize its environmental goal of handling the solid waste produced by Lao Cai city and the surrounding urban areas by 2015.
It forms part of a major provincial-level project to improve rural infrastructure and tourism capacity, which was approved by the Provincial People’s Committee in 2007.
Collected solid waste will be processed and partly recycled at the plant to become organic fertilizer, which will then serve the province’s agricultural sector.