Paid recycling drive to help HCMC turn the tide on trash

Garbage including plastic, paper, metal and glass will soon be collected for recycling via a new network taking shape in HCMC.

State-owned Ho Chi Minh City Urban Environment Co., Ltd (Citenco) would fund public service enterprises and private units to collect recyclable trash from residential areas, schools, state agencies, or scrap yards, it announced on Monday.

Piloted over three years, Citenco would weekly publish the waste exchange rate and drop off locations via its website.

In certain cases, trash will not be exchanged for money but essential products or shopping and travel coupons.

Those contributing large amounts of recyclable waste would be contracted by Citenco under official management.

After collection at the Go Vap District and District 11 stations paper and plastic waste, including single-use plastics, would be transferred to a 6,000-square-meter facility in Binh Tan District, construction of which remains unscheduled.

Other waste will be processed by Packaging Recycling Organization Vietnam, or PRO Vietnam, a coalition of 18 FDI and Vietnamese companies.

The stations are expected to receive 200 tons of waste a day.

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Ha An