Waste Management

Vietnam has a growing waste management crisis. Rapid economic growth, urbanisation and changed lifestyles have increased solid waste, with an estimated 15% in urban and 45-60% in rural areas not collected, and only 10% recovered for recycling or reuse. Domestic solid waste generated nationwide averages 61,000 Tons/day (22.3 MTons/year) with 71% dumped in landfills. Further, total waste is expected to increase by 100% in less than 15 years. This leakage into the environment, especially plastics are major pollutants on land, water and air affecting human health and causing ecological damage. At the same time, sustainable development opportunities exist. Studies indicate that achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 12.4 (responsible chemical and waste management) is a low-risk strategy for achieving national progress on many of the SDGs.

With mounting global pressure and increased public interest, progress against plastic waste gained momentum in Vietnam with important results. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made a landmark announcement, banning single-use plastic products by 2025, and other initiatives including a review of plastic waste policies. He welcomed the establishment of a coalition of businesses to resolve the plastic waste challenge. Announcements also indicated Vietnam will end plastic scrap imports from 2025. GreenHub leveraged this momentum by leading new waste assessments in communities, business, education and tourism enterprises, strengthening waste networks and advocacy.

26 April, 2020

Vietnam Zero Waste – Waste as Resources – Part 2

For the purpose of assessing the difference in the situation of restaurant and hotel waste in Tuy Hoa city (a tourist destination) in the winter and the off-tourist season, GreenHub conducted […]
23 April, 2020

Vietnam Zero Waste – Waste as Resource – Part 1

In 2019, GreenHub conducted 2 waste audits to collect data and information on the current status of waste in Phu Yen at 56 households (corresponding to 205 people), 3 medium and […]
23 April, 2020

Vietnam Zero Waste – Waste as Resources – Part 1

In 2019, GreenHub conducted 2 waste audits to collect data and information on the current status of waste in Phu Yen at 56 households (corresponding to 205 people), 3 medium and […]
22 March, 2020

Earning money from trash- story 3: Person who turns trash into green

After immersing myself in the eco-friendly products of the Ha Long Women’s Union, I wonder where did these all begin? Who made the ideas impossible? What […]
27 February, 2020

Earning money from trash – Story 2: The story of PET packing straps

GreenHub has been working with the Women’s Union in Ha Long City to introduce innovative ways to reduce plastic waste and provide new livelihoods for local […]
23 February, 2020

Earning money from trash- Story 1: New life of pano advertising

”The revolution” of reuse I myself conduct a spirit of protecting the environment regularly and soon recognized that there are various tips provided without practicability. Therefore, […]
14 January, 2020

How Do Young Citizens Perform Environmental Activities?

In Phu Yen province, there are lush green gardens growing on the campus that are planted with the hands of the teachers and students of the […]
6 January, 2020

Educating Children Today to Create Tomorrow’s Environmental Citizens

Vietnam is one of the countries likely to be most affected by climate change, one of ten countries that has the worst air quality, and amongst […]