Viet Nam wastes 3 billions USD by not recycling plastics.

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Plastic from waste is not collected and recycled, causing Vietnam to waste nearly 3 billion USD each year, according to UNDP Representative in Vietnam.At the workshop on solutions to improve the efficiency of solid waste management, towards reducing ocean plastic pollution in Binh Dinh on the morning of July 15, Ms. Caitlin Wiesen, Chief Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) In Vietnam, the amount of plastic waste in Vietnam every day is about 19,000 tons. In some seas, when fishermen pull their nets, one in three fish will have plastic waste.To help Vietnam take advantage of its garbage resources, the Global Environment Facility and the Norwegian Government will sponsor $2 million to launch the project Supporting ocean plastic waste management in the context of post-Covid-19 recovery.

The project consists of two components at the central and local levels, with 6 goals, including increasing the collection of plastic waste from supermarkets and hotels by about 22 tons per year with small supermarkets, 73-220 tons with medium and large supermarkets; establish collection points following the model of a waste bank in large residential areas, with the goal of collecting 20-100 tons of recycled plastic per day. In addition, the project will also support the local community by collecting tools, providing storage and depositing infrastructure; piloting the collection of masks, exploiting the option of converting waste into energy for non-recyclable plastics .In the immediate future, in the next 5 years, the project will deploy a local and pilot component in Binh Dinh province with a cost of about 1.2 million USD. UNDP will establish a material recovery facility to enhance the value of plastic waste and recyclables with the participation of the private sector and informal waste collectors. These facilities are expected to be able to process 2-4 tons of plastic waste per day.

Caitlin Wiesen said: “We will also pilot a waste management model in the seafood industry, which encourages fishermen to bring waste back to shore after each trip. Our joint efforts are expected to collect and prevent about 5 tons of plastic from entering the ocean each month, with the goal of reducing 1,000 tons of trash in the ocean each year.According to Chairman of Binh Dinh province Nguyen Phi Long, the growth of tourism and the development of other aspects of life have led to pressure on plastic waste when Quy Nhon city alone generates nearly 300 tons of waste every day, of which about 70 tons. plastic. He hopes the project will help the province collect plastic for recycling, improve management capacity at all levels, thereby building the image of a green, clean and beautiful tourist destination in the eyes of tourists.



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