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Waste Audit in Phu Yen: From Meaningful Data to Practicing Zero-Waste

From 25/6/2019 to 14/9/2019, GreenHub have conducted two waste audit periods in order to obtain data and information regarding the current status of waste in Phu Yen.

As the data must be precise and accurate for scientific purposes and to make waste management recommendations for Phu Yen, GreenHub audited waste of 56 households (equivalent to 205 people), three medium-sized restaurants and six hotels (including four 3-4-star hotels, and two small-sized hotels) and 2 boarding schools at Tuy Hoa city.

Type of waste in percentage of weight
Type of waste in percentage of volume

The first period of the waste audit shows that organic waste is the heaviest contributor to the total mass and volume of waste, up to 70%, in which, 40-50% is recycled for livestock farm. Besides, single-use plastic products, plastic straw for example, are still widely used in restaurants and hotels.

Making compost and bio-detergent training session

GreenHub believes Phu Yen has to deal with a huge amount of organic waste which is also the most urgent problem that needed to be addressed. Therefore, GreenHub hold a training session in making compost and bio-detergent from organic waste, in 5/9/2019 for officials of The Department of Natural Resources and Environment of Phu Yen, Environmental Protection Agency of Phu Yen, Women Union of 9 districts, towns and cities; members of Youth Union of Phu Yen, students and staff members of Duy Tan Highschool and Ethnic Minority Boarding School of Phu Yen; and URENCO staff.

URENCO making compost from organic waste collected

The training session has provided an applicable approach for people of Phu Yen to tackle the organic waste problem. Women Union, Ethnic Minority Boarding School of Phu Yen, URENCO and Kaya hotel began classifying and collect organic waste to make compost and bio-detergent with the support of GreenHub.

Kaya hotel making bio-detergent from organic waste produced by hotel

Beside assisting Phu Yen to reduce and manage organic waste, GreenHub have conducted the second period of waste audit. The results initially show a great sign of the effectiveness of adopted measures.

Ethnic Minority Boarding School of Phu Yen’s students using school organic waste to make compost

At Ethnic Minority Boarding School of Phu Yen, 80-90% of organic waste of school is reused for livestock farm and making compost. 90-95% of recyclable waste is sorted and collected then sold to scrap buyers.

Some large hotels such as Kaya and Sao Viet have started making compost and bio-detergent from organic waste. Additionally, they also implement environmental policy eliminating the use of plastic straws, reducing plastic products offered inside hotels and encouraging customers to live environmentally friendly.