Da Nang, Yokohama (Japan) Strengthen Cooperation in Environment Protection
A training course on solid waste management took place in Japan’s Yokohama on September 4 for representatives of units and authorities at local level implementing the project of promoting waste sorting at source and Reduce – Reuse - Recycle (3R) programmes in the central city of Da Nang, Da Nang Today reported.
Five years ago, the first stage of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-sponsored project was successfully carried out under the effective cooperation between the two cities and technical support of the Japanese Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) with many models spreading in the community in Hai Chau and Thanh Khe districts.
This served as a basis for the municipal government to decide to deploy solid waste classification at source by 2025.
|Experts from Yokohama City and the Japanese Institute for Global Environmental Strategy (IGES), plus officials and people of Nam Duong Ward, Hai Chau District, participated in the model in July 2023. Photo: Hoang Hiep/Da Nang newspaper|
After completing the first stage of the project, Yokohama continues to provide technical support for Da Nang to promote solid waste management to soon meet new regulations of the 2020 Environmental Protection Law.
Accordingly, the second phase of the project themed ‘Collaboration with Yokohama Municipal Solid Waste Management Experience (D-3RYM) during the 2022 – 2025 period’ has been carried out in Da Nang in a bid to strengthen the municipal solid waste management system from waste separation at source to sustainable resource recycling and treatment.
During nearly a week of learning experience and taking part in a training course on solid waste management in Yokohama, the delegation of officials, civil servants and officials of units and authorities at local level of Da Nang discussed the actual progress of the second phase of the project.
Additionally, the delegation visited and learned from experience in building the Kawasaki eco-town, recycling leftover cooking oil to produce soap, Takakura composting method, soil mixing and composting methods in Seya district, oil recycling in Saga city, and food waste recycling for businesses at the J Bio Food Recycle.
Yokohama started developing waste treatment facilities and expanding waste collection in the 1970s ‘Mass Consumption Age’, when Japan experienced an explosive economic growth, with rapid urbanization and increase in population growth rate which created challenges for the city, as the amount of waste skyrocketed.
Yokohama’s G30 plan was created in 2003 to address rising levels of solid waste generated by an increasingly affluent citizenry. After redesigning household waste streams and working closely with citizens and businesses, G30 proceeded to break all targets with the help of stakeholder cooperation and on-going public education, resulting in significant economic and environmental benefits, according to an article in Urban Solutions, an international magazine published by the Centre for Liveable Cities Singapore.
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