Nestlé Vietnam and the members of Packaging Recycling Organization Vietnam (PRO Vietnam) on September 13 signed an MoU with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to boost the circular economy in Vietnam by reducing, classifying, collecting, and recycling garbage.
|Members of PRO Vietnam and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha signed the MoU |
The co-operation shows the two sides’ strong commitment to working towards PRO Vietnam’s vision of creating a "Green, Clean, and Beautiful Vietnam” and the MoNRE’s target of preserving natural resources in the country.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Tran Hong Ha, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, said, “The MoU is the result of the co-operation between the MoNRE and PRO Vietnam to creating a circular economy in Vietnam. Specifically, the two sides will jointly develop regimes forcing manufacturers to improve their capabilities to facilitate reducing, classifying, collecting, and recycling garbage more effectively; as well as policies on environmental issues.”
As a co-establisher of PRO Vietnam, Ganesan Ampalavanar, general director of Nestlé Vietnam, said that the company's business principles are based on the foundation of respecting consumers, the communities where the company operates, and especially the environment.
“Our business activities are always in line with our sustainable development and environmental conservation target, with the hope of contributing to the making of a Green, Clean, and Beautiful Vietnam,” said Ampalavanar. “Currently, we are partnering with other companies and authorities to realise this purpose and help consumers changing their habits on plastic use.”
Nestlé commits to recycling and reusing 100 per cent of its packages across the world in 2025. To materialise this commitment, Nestlé Vietnam has been entering into co-operation with food and beverage companies, social organisations, and the government (specifically the MoNRE) to come up with new ideas and carry out activities to reduce plastic waste. Specifically, the company has joined PRO Vietnam under the prime minister’s direction of performing the commitment of no solid garbage burial and collecting and classifying 100 per cent of plastic waste released from manufacturers.
On September 12, Nestlé officially put the Institute of Packaging Sciences into operation in Lausanne city, Sweden. The institute specialises in researching and developing sustainable packaging materials and collaborates with industry partners to launch innovations in materials like paper-based or biodegradable packages.
The MoU between PRO Vietnam’s members and the MoNRE include:
- Enhancing rubbish classification and pollution mitigation.
- Improving the efficiency of the systems of collecting, transforming, treating, and recycling garbage.
- Encouraging manufacturers, brands, distributors, retailers, and importers to better manage recycling activities.
- Scaling up recycling into an industry in its own right and popularising recycled and eco-friendly products.
- Improving communications and raising public awareness in reducing, classifying, collecting, and recycling waste to wade deeper into the circular economy.