Close-up of a large garbage grinding site, people “eat plastic and drink nylon” all year round

Over the past 20 years, Minh Khai village (also known as Khoai village, Nhu Quynh town, Van Lam, Hung Yen) has been the largest destination for plastic waste and scrap nylon in the country. The whole village has more than 1,000 households, and about 500 households work in plastic recycling, plastic production, and plastic recycling.

The increasing participation of Households in recycling trash cause the amount of waste concentrated here to increase. Khoai Village is therefore considered the “capital of plastic waste”, the largest recycling village in Vietnam, an international landfill…

The source of trash is imported from all over the North and then recycled to create granules to sell locally to serve production needs (blow plastic bags for plastic items) or sell to other places in China. .

The stages of washing and crushing all kinds of plastic and plastic waste… has seriously affected air and water sources. Plastic recycling activities also cause noise emissions that affect neighboring areas.

Domestic water sources as well as the densely polluted atmosphere have now reached a red alert level. Minh Khai village has more than 4,800 people and 2,000 local workers. About 7,000 people are living every day in an atmosphere filled with the smell of burning plastic.

2018 Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha came to inspect the environmental pollution in Khoai village. Inspecting a number of facilities that collected scrap at that time, Minister Tran Hong Ha assessed that the situation of environmental pollution in craft villages was very alarming.

Mr. Phung Van Minh, Head of Minh Khai village, confirmed with reporter Dan Tri many attacks. The price shows that the local environment is heavily polluted. All levels have come back to survey and discuss solutions, but they have not been effective.

“The types of waste left behind are dead plastics that cannot be recycled. a problem that causes headaches for the local area. Leaders at all levels are inviting environmental units to participate in the handling,” Mr. Minh said.

According to Mr. Minh, people are gradually realizing Being aware of the dangers of waste and the consequences of recycling activities on the environment in Khoai village, a few have converted virgin plastic production lines.

However, this number is new. only accounts for about 30%. The remaining households, because they do not have the conditions and have no capital, still have to rely on dirty and rudimentary recycling processes.

Waste is the source of livelihood for thousands of Khoai villagers and migrant workers. It is estimated that each month the amount of garbage imported here reaches hundreds of tons.

Ms. Vu Thi T. (a resident of Khoai village) said: “Recycling plastic is the main source of income for my family in For many years, we know that production activities pollute the environment, but if we are told to quit the profession, we cannot because the craft village has existed for decades, since my parents and children have only relied on this profession to live”.

Trading and recycling activities of scrap plastic waste take place quite vibrantly in Khoai village. Thanks to the development of technology, buyers and sellers can also connect with trash traders in Ha Tinh, Hai Duong, Bac Giang, Hai Phong…. They even buy trash from foreign countries like Japan, Korea… Not a single type of plastic waste is brought here, they are put through rudimentary recycling technology to regenerate their life cycle.

At a restaurant in Khoai village, a couple from Yen Bai moved. After coming here to open a shop for a few years, they said that at first they almost lost sleep because of the smell of burning plastic and the sound of machines coming from the factories operating around the clock.

This restaurant is also a place that provides meals for many recycling factories in the area and is a lunch spot for many trash village workers.

When asked, a worker said that in the thick air, The smell of plastic often makes them unable to feel the taste of the food when they eat. “When I first came here, everyone said I was eating and drinking plastic,” said a worker named Vien.

Leader of the People’s Committee of Nhu Quynh Town said that currently the People’s Committee of Hung Yen province and all levels have created craft village industrial parks aimed at bringing household companies that produce recycling to concentrated production zones to Minimize environmental pollution in residential areas.

In addition, the locality also propagates to people to convert production lines to gradually overcome environmental pollution.