Prime Minister: “Fighting plastic waste is not just launching a movement or half-hearting”

The head of the Government said that there must be clear sanctions, tax policies suitable for companies that import and produce non-recyclable plastic …

The determination to combat plastic waste with the goal of striving to not use disposable plastic items by 2025 has been emphasized by the head of the Government 3 times in less than 1 month.

At the Government’s Online Conference with localities on July 4, plastic and ocean waste continue to be a special concern of the Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. The head of the Government said that it is not only launching the movement or half-hearting, but also having specific and clear sanctions and tax policies suitable for companies importing and producing non-recyclable plastic. such as creating jobs for workers in plastic manufacturing facilities.

In less than 1 month, the Prime Minister affirmed his determination to fight plastic waste 3 times. This shows the “impatience” of the Prime Minister as Vietnam is promoting the development of marine economy and marine tourism, but it is one of the top five countries in the world globally in the amount of plastic waste dumped into the ocean.

The research results were published at the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) on plastic waste management at sea to support sustainable fisheries and food security in Southeast Asia in Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa in mid-May. / 2019 shows that about 8 million tons of plastic are released into the ocean each year globally. Of which, 80% of plastic waste on the sea is on land activities along rivers and drainage routes flowing into the sea. The remaining 20% ​​of which is basically plastic waste from fishing activities such as abandoning fishing gears and articles uncontrollably into the sea. Particularly Vietnam currently has about 730,000 tons of plastic waste to the sea each year.

Therefore, in order to control, reduce and prevent marine plastic waste, the Prime Minister emphasized that Vietnam strives to not use disposable plastic goods by 2021 stores, markets, supermarkets in urban areas. and by 2025, the country will not use disposable plastic products.

Recently, at the Launching Ceremony against plastic waste in early June 2019, HCMC People’s Committee. Hanoi has called for and witnessed the signing of a code of conduct against plastic waste of 41 embassies and diplomatic agencies based in the city, and has developed a code of conduct to minimize waste. Plastic waste at departments, branches and people’s committees of districts, towns in the area.

Mr. Nguyen Duc Chung, Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee, said that Hanoi has focused on implementing the signing of the commitment to fight plastic-based waste in the field of industrial production and distribution of the city. .Hanoi and some provinces and cities to 100% of production and distribution enterprises. “Accordingly, Hanoi will fulfill its target by December 31, 2020, 100% of shopping centers and supermarkets do not use plastic bags,” Mr. Chung emphasized.

The determination to fight against plastic waste has also been implemented by many localities. Since May 2019, the Chairman of the People’s Committee of Thua Thien Hue Province has requested agencies and units not to use bottled drinking water for single use, not to use plastic bags or disposable wipes in all activities of agencies, units and at conferences and seminars. The province also instructs the Department of Finance not to pay expenses in the state administrative agencies for the use of disposable plastic and nylon products which are difficult to decompose.

Hai Phong City has also issued document No. 3873 / UBND-MT on joint action to solve the problem of plastic waste, especially disposable plastic products and persistent plastic bags.

However, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha said that the movement against plastic waste must be durable and often effective. “When local governments, agencies, organizations, and mass organizations in the province joined forces strongly, local people supported and changed their behaviors, abandoned the habit of using plastic bags, then plastic waste. just reduce it, “said Mr. Ha.

The Minister affirmed that the movement against plastic waste not only held the climax, but also slowed down, but had to do until the Prime Minister stated. To accomplish this goal, in addition to communication, raising awareness for people to change management habits and solutions with economic and tax policies in limiting disposable plastic products as well. very important.

“There is a need for higher tax policies for environmentally-friendly plastic products. At the same time, there is a need for financial policies to encourage support for manufacturers of new technologies and production of eco-friendly products. friendly with the environment, encouraging people to be supported by environmentally friendly products so that each person and each family will abandon the habit of using plastic bags “, Minister Tran Hong Ha emphasized.