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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 of 2020, the amount of plastic waste is generated from tourist accommodation establishments in Tuy Hoa city is about 79.27 tons of plastic waste (under the influence of Covid 19, the number of visitors welcomed by establishments in the first 9 months of 2020 has decreased by 43.3% over the same period). “If the number of tourists stabilized or increased over the same period last year, how much plastic waste would be emitted from this group?” – This is a question that made GreenHub and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of Phu Yen province join hands to conduct the Mission of implementing solutions to reduce the use of disposable plastic items in tourist accommodation in Phu Yen province.

After that, on December 14, 2020, in Tuy Hoa city, the training and guiding conference on the implementation of the “zero waste” tourism service model – say no to disposable plastic items was organized by GreenHub and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of Phu Yen province. The conference was attended by leaders, experts, leaders of Departments, agencies, and DONREs in districts, cities, towns, and more than 100 representatives from tourist accommodation establishments in Phu Yen province.

Mr. Ta Dinh Khai – Deputy Director of Sub-Department of Environmental Protection of Phu Yen province gave opening speech at the Conference

At the Conference, Ms. Tran Thi Hoa – Director of GreenHub reported on the results of survey and pilot models in the framework of the Mission and introduced the Handbook on solutions for minimizing the use of single-use plastic at service and accommodation establishments in the tourism sector in Phu Yen province; and a set of criteria for evaluating an environmentally friendly tourist accommodation establishment. Through the report, the conference has received many positive feedbacks and comments from local departments, agencies, experts and representatives of hotels in the province.

Ms. Tran Thi Hoa – Director of the GreenHub shared about the waste issue, the hotel waste audit results in Phu Yen and the practice guidelines for accommodation business establishments

Next, people attended the Conference listened to the presentation on “Zero Waste Travel” by Ms. Quach Thi Xuan – Coordinator of Vietnam Zero Waste Alliance.

Ms. Quach Thi Xuan – Coordinator of the Vietnam Zero Waste Alliance shares about Zero Waste practice

Bringing new perspectives on green tourism, Ms. Vu Thi My Hanh from the program FROM WASTE TO NATURAL RESOURCES – HOI AN shared “The potential to contribute and build a green destination of tourism businesses in Hoi An”.

Ms. Vu Thi My Hanh shared her experiences in implementing policies and practices in treating and minimizing waste at accommodation business establishment

The participants also listened to representatives of Sala and Kaya hotels to share their experiences and difficulties in the process of implementing green practice and minimizing disposable plastic items.

Mr. Thanh – Sala Hotel manager shared about alternative products being used in Sala Hotel instead of disposable plastic
Mr. Ngo Duy Duong – Deputy Director of KaYa Hotel shared his practical experiences in reducing waste at the hotel
A representative of a hotel in Song Cau asked about experiences in implementing plastic drink bottles reduction
The representative of Hanid hotel – Tuy Hoa asked about customer’s attitude when the hotel uses a glass bottle instead of a plastic drinking water bottle to for future application

In the positive exchange atmosphere of the Conference, the representatives of enterprises had the opportunity to listen the information about current status and potential of Phu Yen’s Green Tourism development as well as lessons from other provinces in the country. The conference created a space for businesses to exchange and share experiences as well as difficulties in the practice of Green Tourism – Towards Green Phu Yen.

Display at the Conference including alternative products for disposable plastic, recycled products and documents