Webinar seeks solutions to promoting circular economy

A webinar focusing on plastic waste in Vietnam and solutions to the problem took place on June 9.

Addressing the event, Chairman of the Vietnam Urban Environment and Industrial Zone Association Nguyen Van Lien, said the webinar aims to provide information on the latest solutions and technologies for treating and recycling plastic waste towards a circular economy model in Vietnam.

According to Dr Nguyen Le Tuan, Director of the Sea and Island Research Institute at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam has basically completed a policy framework to support the re-use and recycling of solid waste, including plastic waste.

However, the framework has failed to maximise such re-use and recycling, he said, adding that there is a lack of mechanisms to attract private investment in solid waste collection and treatment.

Vietnam needs to have more mechanisms and policies on the production, use, and disposal of plastic products and others to encourage and support the re-use and recycling of plastic waste, Tuan stressed.

Tran Viet Anh, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Plastics Association, said Vietnam should pay attention to completing its legal corridor to serve the development of the circular economy, building an intensive economic growth model, effectively using resources, and promoting the application of science and technology in waste treatment.

He underlined the need for the country to adjust energy planning towards gradually reducing dependence on energy from fossil fuels and hydroelectricity.

Enterprises should strengthen communications activities to raise public awareness of the importance of classifying waste at the source, he added.

At the webinar, experts and representatives of businesses in the field of the environment identified difficulties and proposed solutions to microplastic pollution management, and introduced technologies to collect and treat plastic waste in rivers./.

VNA

Source: Vietnam News Agency