Located in the heart of the downtown area, Nguyen Thai Binh Market in District 1 used to be a pollution black spot. Today, though, it’s become much cleaner. After every market session, under the supervision of the market’s management board, traders voluntarily clean up any waste around their area.

The Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal used to also be a black spot for pollution, but it’s now improved significantly after local people started spending every Saturday morning cleaning up the area.

Ho Chi Minh City struggled in the past to deal with widespread littering on roads and canals but now, with the cooperation of local people, has seen 71 percent of wards, communes, and towns meet the criteria for cleanliness, which has helped it move closer to its goal of being completely free of rubbish./.