Chi­nese help to see Viet­nam build its first eco-plas­tics plant

The China Post - - COMMENTARY -

The first eco- plas­tic plant in Viet­nam will be built in the Mekong Delta prov­ince of Long An, Nguyen Hoang Duy, head of Viet­nam Plas­tic House Co. Ltd., has said.

The project will be built in an industrial zone in Long An Prov­ince, with a to­tal in­vest­ment of US$10 mil­lion and an an­nual ca­pac­ity of 3,000 tons of eco-plas­tic bags.

The project is a joint ven­ture be­tween the Viet­nam Plas­tic House Co. Ltd. and a biodegrad­able plas- tics com­pany in Guangzhou Prov­ince, China.

The joint project will pro­duce com­postable plas­tic bags us­ing do­mes­tic ma­te­ri­als and ma­te­rial for some other eco-plas­tic pro­duc­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to Zhu Guang Fu, chair­man of the Chi­nese com­pany, the plant makes bio-plas­tic par­ti­cles from wheat flour and hopes it will grad­u­ally re­place tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als, Viet­nam News Agency re­ports.

This is the first biodegrad­able plas­tic plant in Viet­nam us­ing ad- vanced tech­nol­ogy with in­vest­ment from mem­ber com­pa­nies of the Ho Chi Minh City Plas­tic As­so­ci­a­tion. Un­der the as­so­ci­a­tion’s plan, there will be four biodegrad­able plas­tic plants in Viet­nam and three sim­i­lar plants in Cam­bo­dia, Laos and Myan­mar.

Ac­cord­ing to Tran Cong Hoang Quoc Trang, the as­so­ci­a­tion chair­man, eco- plas­tic resin is made from cel­lu­lose, tapi­oca and ad­di­tives. Af­ter 1.5- 2 years, the eco- plas­tic bag au­to­mat­i­cally dis­in­te­grates, the Dien dan Doanh nghiep news­pa­per ports.

The Chi­nese part­ner will trans­fer the tech­nol­ogy and pro­duc­tion line to the plant in Long An, while the Viet­namese part­ner will man­age the pro­duc­tion of the plant.

By 2020, the project hopes to re­duce the use of non­biodegrad­able ny­lon bags by 65 per­cent in su­per­mar­kets and by 50 per­cent in wet mar­kets, along­side col­lect­ing and re­cy­cling 50 per­cent of th­ese harm­ful items.

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