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Hue aims to be ‘zero plastic waste’ destination in 2030

24 November 2021 | 09:01:00 AM

Hue City, a tourism hub in central Viet Nam, aims to cut its plastic waste by 30 per cent before 2024 and will be a ‘zero plastic waste’ destination by 2030.


Fishing boats docked at Tam Giang – Cau Hai Lagoon, a wetlands nature reserve in Thua Thien Hue Province. Plastic pollution is a cause for concern as dumped rubbish is contaminating river and lake systems, including the Tam Giang – Cau Hai Lagoons – the largest wetland ecosystem in Southeast Asia.. VNS Photo Cong Thanh 

The target was pledged at a conference for a project entitled 'Hue - plastic smart city in central Viet Nam', funded by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-Viet Nam).

The project plans to help the tourism hub build a plastic-smart city, where 70 per cent of solid waste will be classified 'at source' for recycling in 2021-24.

Among a total of 407 tonnes of daily urban waste being collected, 63 tonnes of plastic waste are released each day. A report from the city’s urban and environmental unit unveiled that 3.13 per cent of plastic waste is still leaking back into the environment. 

The unit said plastic pollution is a cause for concern as dumped rubbish is contaminating river and lake systems, including the Tam Giang-Cau Hai Lagoons – the largest wetland ecosystem in Southeast Asia.

Local residents living along the Huong River and lakes still discharge household waste into the water system, and waste has piled up and polluted the lagoons for decades.

The WWF-Viet Nam funded project will help improve solid waste management in the city, thanks to involvement from communities and businesses. Awareness will also be raised on plastic pollution among local people.

It is hoped that plastic consumption and discharge into the environment will be reduced as a result. Household waste collection and the classification of recycling will be improved to further limit waste amounts in landfills.

Ru Cha, a mangrove wetland forest, is an eco-tour site in Thua Thien Hue. The province has pledged to reduce plastic waste by 2024. Photo courtesy of Ho Cau 

Thua Thien Hue has many lagoons, including Tam Giang - Cau Hai, Thuy Tu and Lap An. Almost all the rivers in the province converge before flowing into the sea, through the estuaries of Thuan An and Tu Hien, or through the great lagoon of Lang Co.

The newly recognised Tam Giang – Cau Hai Lagoon Wetlands Nature Reserve, the largest lagoon system in Southeast Asia, covers the districts of Phong Dien, Quang Dien, Huong Tra, Phu Vang and Phu Loc. It is well known for its biodiversity with 21 endangered species and 921 water species, including rare fish and plants. It also provides food and shelter to 73 migrating bird species.

In 2018, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) provided a non-refundable assistance package worth US$53,858 for the province to implement urban waste recycling.

Hue City, along with other cities in Viet Nam like Da Nang, Hoi An (Quang Nam Province) and Dong Ha (Quang Tri Province), entered the 'One Planet City Challenge' programme in 2017, to show how cities can become hubs for creativity, ambition and innovation in dealing with climate change. 

In 2016, the WWF recognised Hue City as Viet Nam’s National Earth Hour Capital 2016, as part of the highly selective global Earth Hour City Challenge.

Source: Viet Nam News

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