M-RCBG Associate Working Paper No. 137

Going Circular: A Roadmap for Plastics Recycling in Vietnam

Tze Ni Yeoh



This report proposes an approach to develop a viable plastics recycling industry in Vietnam. A viable plastics recycling industry is one which meets two overarching criteria:

Environmentally sustainable: The net impact of the industry should be positive in mitigating plastics pollution, can provide a more sustainable alternative to virgin plastics, and is resource-efficient in production (e.g. water, energy consumption) 

Economically competitive: The net impact of the industry should improve Vietnam's balance of trade by decreasing reliance on virgin plastic raw material imports, increase economic competitiveness of plastic manufacturers, increase export potential, and enhance working conditions and jobs, particularly for low-income, informal sector workers

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