According to a report by the Department of Industry and Trade, as many as 5,500 – 6,000 tons of waste are discharged in the city each day, in which, plastic trash accounts for 8-10% of the total waste amount. A large number of plastic bags and single use plastic ware are made in industrial production and consumer distribution that are hard to decompose.
However, as they are convenient in production and consumption, plastic bags and plastic products have still been in common use in spite of their negative impacts to the living environment and public health.
Over the past time, Hanoi has paid special attention to prevention and control of plastic waste. Departments, sectors, localities, social and political organizations, people and enterprises have positively responded to the fight against plastic waste pollution.
Several businesses in Hanoi have taken action to combat plastic waste, namely, BigC, Lotte, Co.opMart, Co.opFood. They have used self-destructive biological bags or banana leaves, paper bags to wrap vegetables and meat instead of plastic bags and single use plastic products.
In an effort to curb plastic waste pollution, in the coming time, the Department of Industry and Trade will strengthen the communication among businesses in production and consumption, raise consumers’ awareness and call them to join hands in the fight against plastic waste in the city.
Enterprises are encouraged to carry out their commitments to combat plastic waste, produce and trade environmentally-friendly products as guided by the Prime Minister and the Hanoi People’s Committee.
By 2025, enterprises will not produce not -decomposable plastic bags and disposable plastic products, and commit to responding to the campaigns against plastic waste launched by the Government and Hanoi.
Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Doan Toan speaks at the event.
Addressing the event, Vice Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Doan Toan affirmed that being well aware of negative impacts of plastic waste on the environment, Hanoi takes the lead in controlling plastic waste.
Recently, the city has worked out a pilot program to classify, collect and recycle paper milk cans into safe ecological products at primary schools and preschools in Hoan Kiem District.
Also, Hanoi piloted the model titled "Green space – Low carbon" in some urban and rural districts, including giving assistance to build children's playgrounds with equipment made from recycled plastic bottles, plastic bags, tires, and others.
Vice Chairman Nguyen Doan Toan lauded efforts of manufacturing businesses, supermarkets, restaurants and management units in combating plastic waste in the city.
He also requested departments, sectors and relevant unit to promote the communication to raise public awareness on harmful effects of plastic products on the environment, ecosystem and people’s health; elaborate and perfect policies to encourage the development of environmentally-friendly products; boost infrastructure development to collect, recycle plastic waste.
Leaders of the city’s entities and localities need to organize a wide range of activities against plastic waste, and encourage officials and staffs to join efforts to combat plastic waste, he noted.