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Vietnam bans import of mixed paper.

Vietnam, will ban the import of mixed paper from 1st January 2022, This does not appear to affect OCC. The country’s prime minister issued a statement Sept. 24 that details new import guidelines for recovered materials. The statement identifies mixed paper by its harmonised commodity code and explains that the material will only be allowed for import until the end of 2021, according to an English translation of the statement.

Like other Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam has seen a turbulent past few years in the amount of scrap material entering its borders. 

Plastic waste is also being targeted. The Việt Nam Environment Administration will be in charge of completing regulations on solid waste management in the amended Law on Environmental Protection, which will treat plastic waste as a natural resource, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has said.

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Trần Hồng Hà said building policies and legislation for plastic waste was the ministry’s key task to implement the Government’s decision on launching the national action plan for marine plastic waste management.

Under the national action plan for marine plastic waste management, the ministry’s agencies, units, civil servants, officials and employees will participate in recycling, treating and curbing plastic waste use.

Based on these activities, the ministry will work to change public awareness about the impact of environmental pollution by using disposable plastic products and non-biodegradable plastic bags in production activities and daily life.

Oct 2020

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