The first eco-plastic plant in Vietnam, a Vietnam-China joint project, will be built in the Mekong Delta province of Long An, unveiled Nguyen Hoang Duy, Head of Vietnam Plastic House Co. Ltd, on June 10.

Accordingly, the Vietnamese firm and its Chinese partner—a biodegradable plastics company in Guangzhou—will coordinate the plant’s construction, worth more than ten million USD.

The joint project will help Vietnam produce compostable plastic bags using domestic materials, Duy said.

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. Once operational, the plant will turn out approximately 3,000 tonnes of bags each year.

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