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CDIA Partners with AEPW for a Solid Waste Management Project in Vung Tau

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Vietnam is one of the top five countries that produce plastic waste leading to ocean pollution.

In partnership with the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), CDIA is set to begin a project preparation study (PPS) that will support Vung Tau City in its bid to holistically improve its solid waste management (SWM) system, address plastic waste pollution and enhance its environment.

Under the PPS, CDIA will prepare an investment program covering all aspects of SWM, from waste collection to final disposal. It will prepare to feasibility level, priority plastic waste project components that AEPW can potentially finance for implementation.

“Sustainability and innovation are key considerations in this PPS,” says Brian Capati, Urban Development Specialist who will manage the PPS. “We hope to support Vung Tau City address its solid waste challenges in the most holistic yet practical way possible, and build their capacity to implement the project long after our technical assistance,” he adds.

Solid Waste Challenges in Vung Tau

Vung Tau is part of Vietnam’s Southern Key Economic Zone (KEZ), which contributes about 40% to the national gross domestic product. The city is considered a primary hub for energy, heavy industry, tourism and sea ports in the KEZ.

The city generates about 358 tons of domestic waste every day. Collected waste is initially disposed in any of the four transfer stations and finally ends up in the provincial landfill 30 km from Vung Tau City. Without sorting at source, all domestic waste, including plastics end up in the landfill.

Partnership for Better Waste Management

AEPW has partnered with Siam Cement Group and Innovation Norway to address plastic waste pollution in Vietnamese cities. Together, they support and finance plastic waste management projects that contribute to the removal of plastics in the solid waste value chain and the reduction of plastic waste that ultimately ends up in final disposal sites.

CDIA’s PPS will inform the subsequent plans of the three organizations to shape the plastic waste component of the Vung Tau project that will be proposed for AEPW funding. Along with the preparation of the feasibility study, the team of CDIA consultants will draft the AEPW application for project financing as a key PPS deliverable.

“We see AEPW as a primary stakeholder of the project. Hence, we will ensure constant coordination and full alignment with their strategic focus to ensure the reduction of plastic leakage in the environment,” says Brian.

Value Addition of the CDIA PPS

CDIA will strongly emphasize circular economy throughout the PPS, and strive to promote designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use and regenerating natural systems.

It will also consult with various stakeholders to identify strategic and priority investments and ensure that they support the city’s master plan or other development strategies.

The CDIA team will moreover review the institutional, financial and other governance aspects of the city as a necessary step to prepare a capacity building and institutional development roadmap. Such a roadmap, with short, medium and long-term actions will pave the way for the resulting project to be successfully implemented, financially sustainable, and properly operated and maintained beyond external support.

CDIA will further share with the city related good practices and lessons learned through city-to-city exchanges, field visits and networking with other cities coming off from similar experience on SWM development.

The PPS is expected to start in late November 2021 and will be implemented over a period of 8 months.

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