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Packaging recycling organization & MoNRE partner for sustainable development

Released at: 11:00, 16/09/2019

Packaging recycling organization & MoNRE partner for sustainable development

Photo: Nestlé Vietnam

MoU signed between PRO Vietnam and ministry to drive circular economy.

by Hong Nhung

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) and the Packaging Recycling Organization Vietnam (PRO Vietnam) last week signed an MoU in Hanoi on driving Vietnam’s circular economy through activities reducing, segregating, collecting, and recycling waste.

As a responsible member of the UN, Vietnam has committed to reducing plastic waste to protect ocean and marine life.

In December 2017, it officially joined a list of 127 countries that had adopted the UN Environment Assembly’s resolution to tackle plastic waste and marine litter. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also called for global cooperation in addressing marine plastic waste at the G7 Summit in Canada in 2018. MoNRE also launched the “Anti-plastic Waste” movement in 2018 in response to the “Clean up the World” campaign.

This was leveraged by the Prime Minister through a nationwide marching ceremony of the “Anti-plastic Waste Movement” on September 6, which aims to raise awareness across society in refusing plastic bags and single-use plastics.

However, in order to address the fundamental problems of solid waste in general, and plastic waste in particular, and unify the State management of solid waste, as assigned in Resolution No. 09/NQ-CP dated February 3, 2019 from the government, MoNRE has been actively cooperating with stakeholders in searching for solutions to protect the environment and conserve marine resources, such as enhancing the effectiveness of solid waste management, promoting the circular economy, developing the extended producer responsibility framework, and supporting eco-friendly initiatives aimed towards Vietnam’s sustainable development.

Sharing the objectives, visions, and responsibilities in driving the circular economy in Vietnam, MoNRE and PRO Vietnam are promoting waste reduction, segregation, collection, and recycling.

This collaboration demonstrates the strong commitment of both parties to promoting concrete and practical action programs in reaching toward PRO Vietnam’s vision of “For a Green, Clean, and Beautiful Vietnam” and environmental protection and natural resources conservation for sustainable development.

“I highly appreciate the proactiveness of PRO Vietnam’s members in sharing their responsibilities with the ministry to address the waste problems in Vietnam, especially plastic waste from the packaging industry,” Minister Tran Hong Ha said. “Obviously, businesses are not only a part of the problem but also an important part of the solution. I expect that PRO Vietnam’s members can inspire more and more businesses to undertake responsible actions for the environment and together develop sustainability.”

“In carrying out the mission to drive the circular economy in Vietnam and make packaging recycling more accessible and sustainable, PRO Vietnam’s ambition is that, by 2030, all packaging sold by our members will be collected for recycling,” said Mr. Pham Phu Ngoc Trai, Chairman of PRO Vietnam.

“Our focus will be building and developing a packaging collection system based on partnerships with local authorities and stakeholders in the industry to drive recycling through the activities of education, collection, recycling, and especially collaboration with government bodies as part of our corporate citizenship.”

PRO Vietnam is a coalition of 12 members, nine of which are founding members: Coca-Cola Vietnam, FrieslandCampina Vietnam, La Vie Vietnam, Nestlé Vietnam, NutiFood, Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam, Tetra Pak, TH Group, and URC Vietnam, and three core members: the Annam Group, FENC Polytex Vietnam, and Saigon Co.op.

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