Hoi An aims to be a “zero plastic waste” destination | Environment

Recycled plastic bins and classified garbage boxes are donated to Hoi An City Women’s Union, promoting plastic waste reduction among the community and tourists. (Photo: VNA)

Hoi An (VNS/VNA) – International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Green Development Support Center and PRO Vietnam donated 54 “green houses” (reformed plastic bins) and waste classification tools to the Hoi An city. Women‘s Union to boost recycling and zero plastic waste in the community.

The bins, which have been recycled from plastic bags, single-use straws, polystyrene and low-value plastic waste, will be used to collect single-use plastic and low-value waste for processing into tools , panels and usable furniture in Hoi Une.

It also helps to improve awareness of plastic waste reduction while promoting recycling among the community and tourists.

Types of low value plastic waste including plastic bags, pieces of net, lures, fishing lines, hard plastic buoys, floating foam buoys, foam boxes; Styrofoam containers, pieces of hard plastic, plastic straws, food and confectionery wrappers are thrown away because vendors’ garbage collectors can’t pick them up.

In Hoi An, a tourist hub in central Vietnam, 30% of the waste collected daily (about 110 tonnes) is low-value plastic waste (single-use cups and straws, polystyrene, milk cartons and food packaging).

Tourism business activities accounted for 40% of daily waste in Hoi An.

Evergreen Labs implemented the reform Plastic plant to classify and recycle 1,000 tonnes of low-value plastic waste in Hoi An.

The Cham Islands, 20 km off Hoi An, have officially banned single-use plastic straws and cups and plastic bags.

Around 100 companies in Hoi An have pledged to reduce single-use plastic by 30% and recycle 50% of organic waste.

The “green houses” program was implemented as part of the Marine Plastics and Coastal Communities initiative with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the local solution for plastic pollution, sponsored by the Agency of the United States for international development.

Bui Thi Thu Hien, Marine and Coastal Resources Program Coordinator at IUCN (Vietnam Office), said that IUCN had launched a new garbage sorting program as part of the reduction of plastic waste in Vietnam.

Hien said IUCN and Greenhub have helped marine protected area staff in Vietnam identify plastic waste, create a plastic waste database and offer policy advice on reducing plastic waste and pollution. plastic production.

Tan Thanh weekend flea market on An Bang beach, 5 km from Hoi Anhas implemented “green” beach tourism by encouraging plastic-free and waste-free recycling among the community and tourists.

The Cham Islands and Cam Thanh Commune, two favored destinations in Hoi An, were built as the first “zero waste” sites in central Vietnam./.

Bryce K. Locke