The clean-up took place as part of the launch for a national campaign aimed at making the world cleaner in 2019. The event was jointly held by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), the Vietnam Women's Union, and the Hai Phong City People's Committee.
During the launching ceremony, Deputy Minister Vo Tuan Nhan noted that along with 130 other countries from across the world, Vietnam has organised the launching ceremony in response to the campaign to make the world a cleaner place, with a clear focus on reducing and combating plastic waste.
This will require the entire political system, groups, organisations, businesses, and people nationwide to join hands in a bid to implement the Prime Minister's guidelines.
As a result, shops, markets, and supermarkets in urban areas will not use disposable plastic by 2021, while the whole country will not use single-use plastic by 2025.
Deputy Minister Vo Tuan Nhan emphasized that the issue of plastic waste pollution requires stronger co-operation at all levels, sectors, socio-political organisations, businesses, and residents from around the region and across the globe.
Additionally, relevant ministries and agencies have been urged to raise awareness about the harmful effects of plastic waste and nylon bags on both the environment and human health, whilst also devising effective solutions in an attempt to reduce the consumption of plastic products among the community.
Furthermore, managers, distributors, and smart consumers should aim to reduce global plastic waste, ocean plastic waste, and plastic waste in the near future, Nhan added.