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Initiative to reduce plastic waste has a chance to receive 100 millions VND

Outstanding solutions will be awarded from WWF and expert advice if they win the competition Initiative to reduce plastic waste.

The International Organization for Conservation of Nature (WWF) has launched a contest of the Initiative to reduce plastic waste to seek innovative solutions in the direction of: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle (3T) in Da Nang, Rach Gia and Phu Yen.

The contest seeks to look for possible models and ideas towards changing behavior in using and disposing of plastic waste as well as increasing the rate and efficiency of plastic waste management, treatment and recycling. This is also an opportunity for individuals, groups and startups across the country to show their intelligence, talent and creativity with this topic.

Bãi trung chuyển rác ở thôn Phước Khánh, xã Hòa Trị, Phú Yên. Ảnh: T.Thảo.

Garbage transfer site in Phuoc Khanh village, Hoa Tri commune, Phu Yen. Photo: T. Tao.

The contest will go through two rounds of evaluation to choose the most potential solutions. The online application round will be open to the end of June 15. The final presentation round is expected to take place in August 2020 in Phu Quoc.

Twelve teams will be selected for the final round and have two weeks to work with experts to finalize proposals before presenting ideas. The four winning teams will then continue to be advised by the experts to implement the project during the acceleration phase.

The total prize is up to 400 millions VND, divided equally among the four winning teams to implement the practical ideas in the competition area. In addition, each winning team will also receive technical advice and professional support from experts within one year.

According to Nguyen Thi Dieu Thuy, leader of WWF Vietnam’s Plastic Waste Reduction Program, technology is the key to solving the problem of plastic waste and startup models and products stem from the needs of The community will be highly practical and have broad development opportunities. “Hopefully, after the competition there will be more solutions to minimize the amount of plastic waste discharged into the environment, not only in the provinces / cities that accompany the competition but also widely applicable nationwide. “, Mrs. Thuy said.

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