Hà Nội struggles to deal with plastic waste

Plastic waste can take up to hundreds of years to decompose, creating an increasing burden on landfills, particularly when the sites run out of space to bury garbage.

For Nam Sơn landfill, among measures to address environmental pollution at the landfill and surrounding residential areas, the Hà Nội People’s Committee decided to move all people out of the area within a radius of 500m of the landfill and to grow trees as a green corridor. Some 1,100 households in the three communes will move out of the total area of about 396ha around the landfill.

However, concerned over the serious environmental pollution and compensation issues, affected people have protested, blocking the way to the landfill several times since last year.

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