UN is supporting a community-led project in Vietnam to manage some 28,000 tonnes of plastic waste and prevent 5,000 tonnes from ending up in the ocean.
The waste in Ha Long Bay, an area which is known as the Dragon’s Jewels and a popular tourist destination, is generated mainly by the local tourism and fishing industries.
So far, 1000 tonnes of plastic waste have been properly separated, and 150 tonnes collected by freelance waste workers as part of a Global Environment Fund project, which is implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
“Previously, we didn’t know how to separate the waste, how to compost or why we need to reduce plastic”, says farmer Đinh Thị Luyến. “We have been provided with material and equipment; we are so thankful.”
Source - UN News