According to information from Tuoi Tre newspaper, on April 20, a workshop to summarize the pilot project “Initiative to establish a supermarket alliance to reduce the consumption of disposable plastic bags in Vietnam” (PLASTIC project) ALLIANCE) was held in Hanoi.
In seminor, grandfather Nguyen Trung Thang, deputy director of the Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment) gave information related to the impose sanctions on supermarkets and trade centers that provide disposable plastic bags to customers.
According to Mr. Thang, Vietnam has issued many legal documents to manage plastic waste. Our country has set a goal of striving by 2025 to use 100% of environmentally friendly plastic bags and packaging in commercial centers and supermarkets for living purposes to replace difficult-to-decompose nylon bags; gradually reduce the production and use of non-biodegradable nylon bags and disposable plastic products in daily life.
From 2026, retailers that provide disposable plastic bags to customers will be sanctioned
According to a survey by the Institute of Strategy, Policy, and Environment, the average number of single-use plastic bags in supermarkets is up to 104,000 bags/day, equivalent to 38 million plastic bags/year. Of the 48 supermarkets surveyed, 46 are providing free plastic bags.
“From 2026, supermarkets and trade centers will be sanctioned for providing disposable plastic bags to customers.” Mr. Nguyen Trung Thang said.
Regarding the PLASTIC ALLIANCE project, the News newspaper also reported that this is an initiative of the Project “Rethinking plastic – a circular economy solution for marine waste” jointly by the European Union and the Ministry of Economic Cooperation. Sponsored by the German Federal Development and Economic Cooperation, the French Agency for International Technical Cooperation deployed in Vietnam with the aim of promoting the use of eco-friendly bags, contributing to the reduction of plastic waste, single-use plastic bags, etc. to the environment.
Within the framework of the project, the Alliance of Retailers to Reduce Plastic Bags was established with the commitment of 16 retailers to participate, as well as the active support of companion partners to reduce plastic waste.
During the implementation of activities, the Project has closely coordinated with Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade and retailers to implement Union activities such as signing cooperation agreements between members of the Alliance , consult with Union members on the Coalition’s action plan and communication plan, implement direct communication programs at retailers and online on social networking platforms to change change consumer behavior in reducing the use of nylon bags and single-use plastic products. The Alliance’s activities have received active support from retailers and partners to reduce plastic waste, contributing to spreading the message of limiting the use of plastic bags and plastic products. once.
Deputy Director of Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade Nguyen The Hiep said that the implementation of the Alliance’s activities has contributed to the implementation of Plan 266/KH-UBND dated November 25, 2021 of the Hanoi People’s Committee on implement the national action program on sustainable production and consumption in 2022 in the area.
In the coming time, the Project will continue to coordinate with members of the Alliance to implement communication activities to change customer behavior, coordinate with retailers to develop and implement a plan to reduce bags. nylon throughout the system, while continuing to expand the scope and activities of the Union.
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