Say no to plastic waste campaign receives nationwide launch

A national campaign to prevent excessive plastic waste was launched in Hanoi on June 9 with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in attendance.

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The campaign has been organised by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Hanoi municipal People’s Committee, and the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union.

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In his speech at the launching ceremony, PM Phuc said that as many as 13 million tonnes of plastic is discharged into the oceans each year. As a result, it has had a negative impact on the environment, people’s health, and the sustainable development of each nation.

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Kamal Malhotra, UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam, addresses the audience during the event.

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Nguyen Duc Chung, chairman of the Hanoi municipal People’s Committee,  calls for great efforts to raise public awareness and get more people involved in the drive to combat plastic waste.

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Following the ceremony, PM Phuc is joined by delegates for a march with calls being made to get the public involved in the fight against plastic waste.

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The government leader paid a visit to booths that displayed environmentally friendly products.

 
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A painting exhibition featuring pieces on environmental protection takes place after the launching ceremony.

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An exhibition showcasing sculptures made of recycled plastic displays excessive plastic waste.

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Children enjoy seeing the recycled products.

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Foreign visitors were also keen to see the interesting recycled products on show.

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Volunteers spend time clearing plastic waste following the launching ceremony.

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