Marine Debris & Plastic Pollution

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.

9 November, 2018

EPLC

Title: Engaging stakeholders in coastal clean ups campaign for sustainable marine ecosystem in Ha Long city (Quang Ninh province, Vietnam). Location: Ha Long Bay, Ha Long […]
29 October, 2018

GreenHub/GreenBays Project: Composting Organic Waste – An useful solution to Reduce and Recycle waste for households in Ha Long City

From household waste audit activities, in Ha Long city, the amount of organic waste collected accounts for a large proportion (over 50%) of the average amount […]
11 October, 2018

GreenHub/PAN project: Discussion about introducing, sharing, and consulting the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of the Quang Ninh province and relevant provincial departments about the “PAN” project.

On October 10th, GreenHub had a meeting with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the representatives of relevant departments of the Quang Ninh province […]
19 September, 2018
Restaurant and hotel waste audit

GreenHub/Greenbays project: Conduct a trash audit for Hotels and Motels – astonishing results for the managers in Cat Ba, Hai Phong

The ongoing economic development is strongly correlated with the growing problem of waste. Plastic waste is also a contributing factor to the recent increase in solid […]
30 May, 2018

GreenHub/GreenBays Project: Styrofoam situation in Bai Tu Long National Park and GreenHub’s effort to deal with this issue in Quang Ninh province

By: [email protected] Introduction of Bai Tu Long National Park (NP) Bai Tu Long National Park in Quang Ninh province was established under the Prime Minister’s Decision No. […]