Vietnam discharges more than 2,500 tons of plastic waste every day, according to a survey released in Ho Chi Minh City Friday.
Most producers of plastic bags do not establish a closed network from producing, consuming to recycling, said the survey conducted by the Pollution Control Department at the Vietnam Environmental Administration, the Saigon Tiep Thi reported.
There are several plastic bag recyclers in Vietnam, but they are operating on a small scale, with simple and out-of-date technologies that often pollute the environment, the survey said.
Many of the recycling plants are located in residential areas, according to the survey.
Participants at the seminar said that producers and recyclers of plastic goods do not have much money to invest in technologies that are safer for the environment.
They face difficulties in accessing funds and do not benefit from convenient policies for operation, the officials said.
Hoang Duong Tung, deputy head of Vietnam Environment Administration, called for a national research project to come up with a plan for dealing with the huge number of plastic bags and goods wasted every day.
Tung said the public should be made aware that using plastic bags, which are not biodegradable, can hurt the environment.