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International plastic waste center to be built in Vietnam

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HCMC – Proposed by the Vietnam Administration of Seas and Islands, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has issued a decision concretizing a national action plan on the management of plastic waste in the ocean by 2030, apart from focusing on building and operating an international plastic waste center.

To control the volume of plastic waste in the ocean and improve the quality of the sea environment, the ministry is seeking international cooperation to operate the center, which is set to act as a regional forum for sharing knowledge and information about plastic waste and pollution caused by plastics.

Apart from this, the ministry will set up a waste monitoring system to enhance control over plastic waste, VietnamPlus news site reported.

Besides attaching importance to studying the legal responsibility of the packaging sector over waste management in Vietnam, the ministry will also offer some incentives to encourage organizations and firms to use eco-friendly products and recycled items to protect the environment.

Another top priority to limit plastic waste in the ocean is to disseminate information about the harmful impact of plastic waste and raise public awareness over the use of plastic products, said Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Le Minh Ngan.

As such, the ministry and other relevant agencies and departments will run a communication project aimed at propagating the impact of single-use plastic products, which are hard to decompose, on the sea, the environment and the health of human beings.

The ministry will also launch some campaigns calling on residents to apply the 5R model (Renew, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) in an effort to reduce plastic waste in the ocean.

Aside from holding waste collection events at multiple beaches nationwide, the ministry will conduct a census of waste, classify plastic waste and clarify the sources of waste discharged into the sea to adopt effective solutions over water pollution.

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