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Vietnam handicraft products, EU, US increase orders of handicrafts

Bamboo-made products are made in Phu Xuyen District, Ha Noi. The handicraft industry earned export revenue of $1.1 billion in the first nine months this year, rising by 15 per cent year-on-year. 

Domestic handicraft exporters are benefiting from a new trend in which customers from the EU and the US are moving to Viet Nam, according to the Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of HCM City (HAWA).

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Hawa said that the price of Vietnamese handicraft products was much cheaper compared with other countries, including China.

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This has encouraged customers from the EU and the US to order products from Viet Nam.

Nguyen Ba Linh, director of the Tu Bon Handicraft Company in the southern province of Binh Duong, said many export orders had been received since August.

Each month, his company made 1,000 products to meet demand.

Luong Thi Thuy, director of the Hiep Luc Co-operative in southern Dong Nai Province, said they had received orders up to May of next year. Most of the customers were from the EU and the US.

Thuy said thanks to the increasing orders, her co-operative's revenue increased by 25 per cent year-on-year.

The Phuoc Du Long Company in Binh Duong Province had a fruitful year as their exports accounted for 90 per cent of its total yield.

Experts warned that problems existed in the domestic handicraft industry.   In the past,

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UNIDO gives Hoi An solid waste treatment solutions

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has suggested several solutions to Hoi An Town authorities in an effort to help the ancient town deploy solid waste management strategy in an efficient way.

Luu Thi Diem Huong, Miss Vietnam World 2010, is seen

in this file photo taking part in the environment day in Hoi An City.

UNIDO experts suggested Hoi An to deploy 4R solution (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Reject), meaning reducing waste discharge and gas emission, using recycled materials, classifying waste, using centralized waste treatment plant and charging heavy polluters.

The city is advised to call on all business sectors to join in the initiative in a bid to raise public awareness, arrange solid waste collection plans and promote gardening in town.

Moreover, local government is told to set out incentive policies to attract businesses specializing in the recycling industry into the town and impose strict penalties on violated firms.

The town, recognized as a world heritage site, is facing difficulties in environment management in areas of control of solid waste emission and sewage discharge, and promoting energy efficiency as its population density is six times higher than the national level. That is not to mention the rising number of tourists flocking there.

A survey showed households and residential areas discharge 85-90% of total amount of solid waste. The remainder is discharged by markets, hotels, commercial centers, state agencies, schools, handicraft villages and farms. Organic solid waste accounts for 70% of total amount.

Hoi An is expected to see its population rising to 103,000 people by 2030, discharging 29,750 tons of solid waste a year by then. If the estimated number of tourist arrivals of some 5.3 million is included, total amount of solid waste will amount to 47,500 tons per year.

Nation faces solid waste problem

Vietnam needs to adopt more environmentally-friendly ways of managing and disposing of solid waste, which is forecast to continue increasing due to the country's continued rapid industrialisation and urbanisation.

Collecting, transporting, treating and destroying solid waste create many headaches for authorities in developing countries, said Minister of the Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Minh Quang.

Ensuring sustainable solid waste management is one of seven priority programmes in the national strategy for environmental protection by 2020, said Quang.

Around 28 million tones of solid waste is discharged nationwide each year, according to the 2011 National Environment Report, which was released yesterday.

The report, which was made in co-operation by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Denmark Embassy in Vietnam, also said the volume of solid waste produced in Vietnam is increasing by 10 percent each year.

The report includes seven chapters,including an overview of solid waste in Vietnam and an analysis of the situation in urban and rural areas and the negative impacts of environmental pollution due to solid waste.

Hoang Duong Tung, Deputy director of the Vietnam Environment Administration, said about 46 percent of all solid waste is discharged in urban areas.

Nearly 17 percent of solid waste is a result of industrial production activities while the rest comes from agriculture, trade villages and the health sector, Tung said.

The solid waste discharged in urban areas is forecast to increase in volume by up to 51 percent by 2015, he said.

Statistics from the Ministry of Construction report that rapid urbanisation created 755 small and large urban areas in the country by 2011.

Meanwhile, most of solid waste produced in urban areas is not classified at its source, Tung said.

Public awareness on the issue needs to be improved. People do not have the habit of classify waste according to if it can be recycled or not. People usually mixed both organic and inorganic waste together, said Mai Van Lap, head of the Hanoi-based Urban Environment and Industry Joint Stock Company's waste collection team no 3.

"We face health problems when collecting the waste, especially the solid and hazardous waste," Lap said.

Lap said the waste collection team begins their work at 5pm and only goes home when streets and residential areas are clean, he said.

The Japanese-funded Reduce-Reuse-Recycle programme was launched in 2003 in four key districts of the city but has failed to meet expectations, he said.

According to Minister Quang, the National Assembly and Government have submitted to review and adjust the national strategy on environmental