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Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Dow Vietnam, SCG, and Unilever Vietnam Sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to Develop Plastics Waste Management

Diep Nguyen
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According to MoNRE, the plastic waste is the global crisis, this situation in Vietnam is at an alarming rate. In a study by the Ocean Conservancy, Vietnam is one of the top five ocean plastic contributors.

Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Dow Vietnam, SCG, and Unilever Vietnam Sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to Develop Plastics Waste Management
Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment and the representatives from the company
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Dow Vietnam, SCG, and Unilever Vietnam sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build Public Private Collaboration to drive a circular economy for plastics waste management.
For the first time, an agreement to build a Public Private Collaboration (PPC) towards a circular economy for plastics waste management in Vietnam has been signed between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE), Dow Chemical Co., Ltd. Vietnam (Dow Vietnam), SCG and Unilever Vietnam International Co., Ltd. (Unilever Vietnam).
According to MoNRE, the plastic waste is the global crisis, this situation in Vietnam is at an alarming rate. In a study by the Ocean Conservancy, Vietnam is one of the top five ocean plastic contributors.
The rise in plastic consumption and the negative impacts it is having on the environment, economic development and human health has led the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and 03 companies: Dow Chemical Vietnam Co., Ltd. (Dow Vietnam), SCG and Unilever Vietnam International Co., Ltd. to create Vietnam’s first Public Private Collaboration which will work to develop a circular economy for plastics waste management. 
This partnership's goal is to share knowledge, transfer technology, raise public awareness and promote innovations to solve the problem of plastic waste on a national scale.
The PPC will focus on four key areas:
1. Raising public awareness about plastic waste reduction and segregation at source
2. Supporting activities of segregation at source and plastic waste recycling
3. Strengthening technical innovations and solutions for plastic recycling
4. Promoting dialogue and developing policy and legislation supporting a circular economy for plastics in Vietnam
Vietnam’s Public Private Collaboration will also focus on increasing the collection of plastics that are typically not collected today, such as single use packaging. This is the first Public Private Collaboration that has ever been initiated to tackle the national issue of plastics waste management. This collaboration is not only limited to the first three enterprises signing the MoU but also calls for the wide participation of other domestic and foreign enterprises.
The signing of this MoU is a commitment that will bring positive change to the environment as well as create a driving force for sustainable economic development in Vietnam.
 “The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment appreciates the initiative and responsibilities of Dow Vietnam, SCG and Unilever Vietnam in collaboration with The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment dealing with plastic waste in Vietnam, especially difficult-to-collect and recyclable plastic waste such as single-use plastic and flexible packaging. I believe that enterprises not only are parts of the problem but also play an important role in finding a solution.” - quotes from Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment - Vo Tuan Nhan.
 Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Vo Tuan Nhan 
“We are very proud to be a founding member of the Public Private Collaboration to develop a circular economy for plastics in Vietnam,” said Mr. Ekkasit Lakkananithiphan, General Director of Dow Vietnam. “As a materials science company and solutions provider, Dow is working with our partners to innovate new products, explore recycling technologies and develop new end markets for recycled plastics to help keep plastics out of the environment.”
“In order to achieve the circular economy, government-driven infrastructure development, stringent regulations, and strict waste management will not be enough to enact change. Collaboration of all sectors is a crucial element to make the circular economy a reality.”, said Mr. Thanapat Kaweetraiphop, Commercial Director, Long Son Petrochemicals Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of SCG. “We are honored to be founders of PPC in Vietnam to develop holistic waste management programs for and with communities in Vietnam.”
“Unilever Vietnam is honored to be founders of this strong ambitious group of public, private sectors to establish the first PPC to build circular economy in plastic waste in Vietnam.” – shared Mrs. Nguyễn Thị Bích Vân, Executive Vice President of Unilever Vietnam. “Circular economy has been talked a lot in Vietnam, as well as segregation at source and recycling plastics.
However, this is the first time we establish a collaboration to execute circular economy properly. The endorsement from MoNRE and collaboration of other business partners again, affirm our approach to plastics, that circular economy is the most sustainable solution for plastic issue in Vietnam.”

DIEP NGUYEN