Vietnam alone produces annually 1.8 million tons of plastic waste, which is increasing by 16% every year while only 27% is currently recycled.
Two projects have been launched in Vietnam to tackle waste and plastic pollution on the occasion of World Oceans Day, with the funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).
|A panel at the project launching workshop. Photo: UNDP|
The first project, entitled “Scaling Up a Socialized Model of Domestic Waste and Plastic Management in 5 Cities” (DWP5C), aims to develop integrated local models of domestic waste and plastic management in five sites in Quang Ninh, Da Nang, Binh Dinh, Binh Thuan, and Binh Duong, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Vietnam said in a release.
|Caitlin Wiesen, UNDP resident representative in Vietnam addresses the workshop. Photo: UNDP|
“Plastic is destroying marine life and polluting our earth. Tackling plastic pollution will take joined up responses across nations with innovations that engage governments, citizens and businesses at local, national, regional and global levels. UNDP is proud to partner with the governments of Norway, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and informal sector waste workers, to promote innovative solutions that address local plastic pollution challenges in the ASEAN region,” said Caitlin Wiesen, UNDP resident representative in Vietnam.