May 22, 2023 | 06:30 GMT+7

Taskforce to promote investment in plastic waste reduction

Chu Khôi -

Investment in effective solutions to be pushed by taskforce.

The taskforce makes its debut.
The taskforce makes its debut.

The Vietnam National Plastic Action Partnership (NPAP) has launched a new taskforce to promote innovation and catalyze investment in effective solutions for reducing plastic waste and pollution in Vietnam.

In cooperation with the Norwegian Embassy in Vietnam and its Commercial Section, Innovation Norway, the taskforce has held its first meeting to discuss new technologies for Deposit Return Systems (DRS).

DRS is a scheme where consumers pay a small deposit when purchasing bottles or cans. The deposit is refunded when they return the container to a designated collection point. This scheme economically incentivizes consumers to return used containers for reuse and recycling, reducing pressure on landfills and protecting rivers and oceans from plastic litter.

“DRS has proven to be the best performing system that induces the highest collection and highest recycling rate of beverage containers,” said Ms. Mette Møglestue, Deputy Head of Mission at the Norwegian Embassy.

The Chairman of the taskforce, Mr. Le Ngoc Tuan, who is also the Director General of the International Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, said the launch demonstrates that a suitable approach is being adopted in line with the overall agenda of the Global Plastic Action Partnership, and will contribute to supporting and promoting innovative solutions for tackling plastic waste and plastic pollution in Vietnam.

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