Enhancing Plastic Packaging Collection, Sorting and Recycling
In Ho Chi Minh City, the pilot aims to increase the collection, sorting and recycling of plastic packaging including in residential areas, schools, offices and supermarkets.
To improve the management of plastic waste and reduce its environmental leakage, the pilot works on determining how much and what kind of plastic is collected, how and by whom it is transferred and processed or when it is leaked into the environment. Finally, it assesses if and how the plastic waste is recycled and what would be needed to enhance recycling. In addition, the project investigates how segregation at household level can be improved. A better cooperation between all stakeholders will enhance the understanding of the plastic value chain and related data. Involved stakeholders therefore include producers and consumers, as well as collectors, businesses, transporters of packaging and recyclers. With these data, knowledge and experiences, the pilot project contributes to the development of an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) system for packaging in Vietnam.
Concretely, this includes (1) Creating a guideline dedicated to classify and measure plastic packaging collection and recycling in rural and urban areas; (2) Improving waste sorting at source by consumers; (3) defining best practices for plastic packaging.
Implemented by: Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)
Further project partner: Hanoi Architectural University (HAU)