Plastic Waste Management Workshop Hanoi

Embassy and CG News

Every day Hanoi is producing 4.000-5.000kg of plastic, on a yearly basis this estimates for 80 ton of waste, and the number is increasing! The current system is outdated and inefficient, and the government of Hanoi is searching for solutions of the overloaded landfills.

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On 5 May, 2019, the Peoples Committee of Hanoi issued an official letter of implementation of the activities of the movement “against plastic waste” and in October they have adopted a new policy on the control of plastic and nylon. In other words, the Hanoi is eager for best practices, efficient measures and technology in the waste management sector.

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During the Plastic Waste Management Workshop “Reduce plastics waste – Actions from the Government, Businesses and Citizen” last Friday 8th November, multiple stakeholders had gathered. In total 160 people from government agencies, Embassies, international/local development organizations, businesses, citizens were present to participate in the workshop that has become the sharing hub to gather all initiatives of plastic waste reduction from different levels and stakeholders. Moreover, two Dutch companies, one well established in Vietnam and the other just starting, were presenting their approach to waste management and best practices as an inspiration for Hanoi during the event.

The structural and often systematic approach of Dutch businesses on the implementation of their business models and the extensive knowledge of technology in the waste management sector can contribute to the ongoing transition and the search for circular solutions in Vietnam.

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The problem with plastic is a global one, we should reconsider how we use this material more sustainably and efficiently. A change is being instigated in our attitude towards plastic, but a lot more is to be done and this cannot be done alone by one stakeholder, it needs collective efforts from global to national level, from the government to citizens and from business to consumers.