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Environmental problem in Man Xa craft village

09/07/2019

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Vietnam has numerous industrial sites, some of them are really modern ones, however, along with high-tech plants, there still exist very primitive household, self-made lead and aluminum recycling workshops that pose a huge threat to local environment and community health. One of them is Man Xa craft village.

  • The village has about 900 households, of which more than 300 households directly participate in aluminum recycling, producing machine parts, lead and about 50 households specializing in purchasing and transporting materials and waste.
  • The income of people from this job is very high, earners have  average wages of 400,000 - 500,000 VND / day, while the households owning incinerators and aluminum recycling, the income is from tens to hundreds of millions dong every month.
  • On average each year, Man Xa village recycles about 10,000 tons of waste aluminum and every day a household makes two to three quintals of aluminum powder. The owners of aluminum recycling facilities in Man Xa village must use lead powder to pull aluminum out. Once this village used 1 ton of lead to pull aluminum out! 

Aluminum recycling process in a household workshop, Man Xa village 

  • Black smoke rising from hundreds of untreated aluminum foundries, thousands of tons of aluminum slag poured directly into the fields surrounding the village, most of the agricultural land was abandoned, the amount of dust Mezzanine is many times higher than the standard, chemicals are everywhere, the content of lead in the environment is dozens of times higher than the permitted one…
  • Almost bare trees with some remaining yellow leaves cannot survive. Ponds are dead. In houses near workshops, if there is no closed-glass barrier system, people still have to wear a mask to limit inhalation of toxic dust.

Aluminum waste with lead particles is dumped on the fields and into local lakes

  • The people of Man Xa village all know that aluminum recycling is harmful to health, but because of the economy, they have to disregard and build aluminum recycling furnaces on their own premises. Over 90% of local workers are attached to the job, but no one wears a protective uniform, some of them just wear face masks. They live with pollution as a habit.

               Aluminum waste with lead particles pollutes local lakes in Man Xa village.

  • Each household builds a separate aluminum casting furnace and no one can guarantee that it is environmentally friendly. Aluminum slag after burning is finished, is thrown away around the village, on the territory of public land, into ponds and lakes.

Aluminum wire dumps destroy local ecology

  • In 2015, Bac Ninh Provincial People's Committee approved an investment project to build environmental pollution treatment works in Man Xa aluminum recycling village with a total investment of over VND 44 billion. The project includes the following items: Waste water treatment system with capacity of 1,800 - 2,000m3 / day and night; to build yards for gathering and transporting production and daily-life wastes with a capacity of around 30-40 tons / day; installation of waste water - gas - mud treatment system.
  • Besides, the province has also approved the project of Man Xa trade village IC by Hanaka Group Joint Stock Company as an investor with an area of ​​about 27ha, investment capital of nearly VND400 billion. The objective of the project is to create conditions to attract and relocate small-scale production and business households in craft villages into concentrated production areas and minimize environmental pollution. However, to date, both projects have not been completed.
  • There is information about 209 children in Dong Mai recycling village (Hung Yen province) exposed to lead.
  • Associate Prof. Dr. Duong Ba Truc - Department of Pediatrics (BV Vinmec) said: "About 15 - 20% of children who come to visit a doctor, are suffering from respiratory infections; some of them have not been hospitalized for a long time due to serious illnesses like pneumonia, bronchitis. In addition, we also see quite a few children who lack height and weight compared to their age”.

Residents of Man Xa   village are not fully aware of the danger that their  recycling work poses to their health and the health of their children, to the  local air, water and soil… The consequences can be truly tragic, cause ecological catastrophe with subsequent severe diseases of children and adults, resulting in  many deaths of the local population from chronic toxic poisoning.

There must be taken numerous measures to improve occupational safety in this village and health intervention programs should be deployed to secure the health of people in this area.

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