Marine Debris & Plastic Pollution

In Vietnam, economic development, together with urbanization and lifestyle behavior change, have led to a plastic pollution crisis. In the last two decades, this country witnessed a surging increase in plastic use, which grew from 3.8 kg/capita in 1990 to 41 kg/capita in 2015 (MONRE, 2020), and then to 81 kg/capita in 2019 (IUCN-EA-QUANTIS, 2020). Approximately 72% of used plastic becomes waste (equivalent to 58 kg of waste/capita/year). According to the survey result of GreenHub (2021) in World Bank’s project in 10 coastal cities and provinces across Vietnam, 93,6% of waste leaking into the environment is plastic.

Confronting this national crisis, the Vietnam Government has determined to reverse the problem of plastic pollution in general and marine plastic litter in particular. Those determinations are most clearly expressed in the promulgation of the National Action Plan for Management of Marine Plastic Litter by 2030 and the principles, the legal frameworks in the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) mechanism for businesses in Vietnam. Contributing to plastic pollution and marine debris reduction, GreenHub implements campaigns for raising public awareness and strengthening local people’s capacities in plastic waste management, concomitant with researching, evaluating and quantifying marine waste, and plastic pollution, marine debris monitoring program and coastal clean-up campaigns.


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10 August, 2021

Practice in reducing plastic and waste

In practice, people have been conscious of garbage classification. However, this is not evaluated well and it varies between provinces. People often use disposable plastic products […]
15 July, 2021

Launching the contest Plastic Talk – When plastic speaks

Strong economic growth, urbanization and lifestyle changes in Vietnam have led to a nationwide plastic pollution crisis. Over the past two decades, the amount of plastic […]
14 July, 2021

CONSULTANT TO DEVELOP NATIONAL COMMUNICATION STRATEGY (Project “Local Solutions for Plastic Pollution)

Background The “Local Solutions for Plastic Pollution” (LSPP) funded by the USAID addresses the challenges faced by local communities in overcoming the negative environmental health impacts […]
10 February, 2021

Understanding waste: What do we get?

What is garbage that we have to audit? Understanding waste turns out to understand ourselves. The problem of environmental pollution in Vietnam in recent years is […]
3 February, 2021

See what Vietnamese waste has?

Most of the waste in Vietnam (75.5%) does not need to be treated by landfill but can be either composted or recycled. This proves that the […]
3 February, 2021

Meaning is not just on paper

“Một tay làm chẳng nên non Nhiều bên hợp lại lan tỏa sống xanh” The Vietnam Zero Waste Alliance and its members and partners for the […]
1 February, 2021

Plastic Waste Projects

6 January, 2021

Waste reduction – work needs share and guide

According to calculations based on the results of waste audit at hotels in Phu Yen province conducted by GreenHub in 2020. After the first 9 months […]