In Hoi An, a tourism hub in central Viet Nam, 30 per cent of daily collected waste (about 110 tonnes) is low-value plastic waste (single-use cups and straws, styrofoam, milk box and food packages).
Tourist trading activities accounted for 40 per cent of daily waste in Hoi An.
Evergreen Labs set up the reform plastic factory to classify and recycle 1,000 tonnes of low-value plastic waste in Hoi An.
The Cham Islands, 20km off the coast of Hoi An, have officially banned plastic single-use straws and cups and plastic bags.
About 100 businesses in Hoi An committed to reducing 30 per cent single-use plastic and recycling 50 per cent of organic waste.
The ‘green houses’ programme has been implemented in the Marine Plastics and Coastal Communities initiative framework with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the Local Solution for Plastic Pollution, sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development.
Bui Thi Thu Hien, Marine and Coastal Resources Program Coordinator at IUCN (Viet Nam Office), said IUCN had launched a new garbage sorting programme as part of efforts to reduce plastic waste in Viet Nam.
Hien said IUCN and Greenhub had supported Marine Protected Areas staff in Viet Nam to identify plastic waste, build a database on plastic waste, and offer policy advice on reducing plastic waste and plastic production.
Tan Thanh weekend flea market on An Bang beach, 5km from Hoi An, has been building ‘green’ beach tourism by boosting plastic-free and zero-waste recycling among the community and tourists.
Cham Islands and Cam Thanh commune, two favored destinations in Hoi An, have been building as the first ‘zero waste’ sites in central Viet Nam.