Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin It is sadly a common sight along the otherwise pristine beaches of Vietnam's 2,000-plus miles of coastline: a seemingly endless stream of plastic refuse strewn across the shore and floating in the shallows. Vietnam is one of the world's largest sources of plastic waste, with an estimated 2,500 tons discharge daily across the country. What doesn't end up in the ocean goes into landfills, or is simply burnt in open pits. Much of what ends up on the beaches is sometimes known as "orphan plastics", single-use plastic that is too lightweight and of too little value to be collected and recycled. And value matters, because nearly all of the recycling in Vietnam is done by individual pickers. It is impossible to know how many tens of thousands of people derive all or part of their income from collecting recyclables, but it is a common sight in every village, town and city throughout the country. However, the pickers look for high-value items like cans, plastic bottle and cardboard. The process is driven by market value, so a new program that kicked off early in 2021 is developing a solution for orphan plastics in Vietnam. The… Read full this story
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