Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City are exploring ways to generate energy from waste in an attempt to deal with the huge waste issue of the city.

A report by Vietnam’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment said greater efforts had to be made to generate power and collect methane from landfills around the city.

Nguyen Trung Viet, head of the department’s Solid Waste Management Division, said the potential of landfill waste, including using gases collected from them, burning waste for electricity and collecting methane for fuel, was huge since the city generated around 7500 tonnes of solid waste every day.

Keppel Seghers of Singapore and the local Tam Sinh Nghia plan to build two power plants operated by burning solid waste which can generate a combined 80 MW. Each plant will use 2000 tonnes of waste a day at full capacity.

Viet said the city was seeking investing in generating energy from waste, and several companies from the USA and South Korea were interested.

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