Among the distinguished guests at the signing ceremony were Minister of Natural Resources and Environment – Mr Tran Hong Ha, representatives of PRO Vietnam and its 12 members, government bodies, related ministries and departments, international organizations and NGOs of similar scopes.
Upon understanding the role and mission of each country in fighting the global plastic waste crisis, Vietnam – as a responsible country of the UN – has made commitment to reduce plastic waste to protect the ocean and marine life. In December 2017, Vietnam officially joined the group of 127 countries who passed the resolution of UN Environment about plastic waste treatment, and eliminating plastic pollution in our seas.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also called for global collaboration in solving the ocean’s plastic problem at the G7 Summit 2018 in Canada.
That same year, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment launched the “Fight plastic waste” movement, as part of the “Make the world cleaner” campaign in 2018. This movement was elevated by the Prime Minister through a national launching ceremony of the “Fight plastic waste movement” on September 6, 2019, which aims to raise awareness across society in refusing plastic bags and single-use plastic.
However, in order to solve the fundamental problems of solid waste in general, and plastic waste in particular, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment have been working actively with stakeholders to come up with solutions that help protect the environment and conserve marine resources through pushing for solid waste treatment’s effectiveness, driving the circular economy, building mechanism for extended producers’ responsibilities.
Sharing the objective, vision, and responsibilities in driving the circular economy in Vietnam, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment cooperates with Packaging Recycling Organization Vietnam (PRO Vietnam) to drive reducing, separating, collecting and recycling waste in Vietnam. The MOU was signed by Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, and Mr Pham Phu Ngoc Trai, chairman of PRO Vietnam, together with 12 members of PRO Vietnam, with the scope as follows:
Drive and support activities in reducing, separating waste at source
Support, enhance capabilities and effectiveness of the waste collection, logistic, treatment and recycling system.
Reinforce responsibilities of producers, brand owners, distributors, modern and traditional retailers, and importers in post-consumption waste management and recycling.
Boost the establishment of the recycling industry, and support recycled and eco-friendly products.
Communicate, raise public awareness about reducing, separating, collecting and recycling waste, and the circular economy.
Other contents of mutual interest.
This collaboration shows strong commitment from both sides in driving specific and practical action programs toward PRO Vietnam’s vision of a green, clean and beautiful Vietnam, and MONRE’s vision to protect the environment and conserve resources for the sustainable development of Vietnam.
Addressing the ceremony, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment – Mr Tran Hong Ha said, “I highly appreciate the awareness and proactiveness of the members of Packaging Recycling Organization Vietnam (PRO Vietnam) in sharing responsibilities with our ministry in solving waste problems in Vietnam, especially plastic waste from packaging.
It is clear that the enterprises are not only a part of the problem but they can indeed become a key component of the solution. I expect the leadership from the members of PRO Vietnam will create a movement that connects more companies to take actions responsibly toward the environment and the country, so that together we will grow sustainably.
At the ceremony, Mr Pham Phu Ngoc Trai, Chairman of PRO Vietnam said, “In carrying out the mission to drive the circular economy in Vietnam, and help make packaging recycling more accessible and sustainable, PRO Vietnam’s ambition is that by 2030, all packaging sold by our members into the market will be collected for recycling. Our focus will be building and developing a packaging collection system based on partnership with local authorities and stakeholders in the industry to drive recycling activities. For example: Educators, collectors, recyclers, and especially connecting with government bodies in our role as corporate citizens.
PRO Vietnam is an alliance of 12 members, 9 of those are founding members: Coca-Cola Vietnam, FrieslandCampina Vietnam, La Vie Vietnam, Nestlé Vietnam, NutiFood, Suntory PepsiCo Việt Nam, Tetra Pak, TH Group, URC Việt Nam, and 3 core members Annam Group, FENC Polytex Vietnam and Saigon Co.op.
PRO Vietnam as an alliance will focus on communication programs, incentives and technologies to build consumer awareness and enhance post-consumption collectibility, in cooperation with local authorities, and industry leaders in order to increase recycle rate.
PRO Vietnam always welcomes companies and other stakeholders in Vietnam to join the alliance. PRO Vietnam’s fundamental belief is that when we take actions together, aiming at a shared objective in recycling, we can achieve results faster and more effectively rather than working separately.