Zero waste systems could create more than 18,000 jobs in HCM City

Ho Chi Minh City could create more than 18,000 new jobs if the city were to recover 80 percent of recyclable and organic material in its waste stream, a new study has revealed.

The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) said its new study shows that cities that invest in zero waste programmes and policies create numerous, good and green jobs, in addition to known benefits like reducing pollution and improving community health.

Two communes – Cam Thanh in Hoi An City and Tan Hiep of the Cham Islands – were the two first communities in Vietnam to launch the zero-waste model in promoting waste classification and recycling, and plastic waste reduction and composting among the community. The projects help residents in the two communes reduce the waste they release daily from 75 to 80 percent.

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