Vietnam: Free Take-Back Program for Used or Defective Electronics

The recycling of e-waste in Vietnam is on the rise: After having been introduced to Ho Chi Minh City in April last year, “Vietnam Recycles”, the free take-back program for end-of-life electronic equipment, was launched also in Hanoi.

The program aims to call for public participation in building a greener Vietnam through conducting safe and sound e-waste recycling practices. The collected equipment will be sorted according to product categories and dismantled in a designated facility to assure maximum material recovery of the different commodities.

According to Vietnam’s Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (INEST), the volume of e-waste in Vietnam is increasing rapidly due to the sharp growth in product demand, but the level of public awareness regarding waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is very limited. “Vietnam Recycles” is run by the Vietnam Recycling Platform (VRP), a consortium of leading manufacturers founded by Apple and HP while the German-based Reverse Logistics Group (RLG) operates the system as a general contractor, carried out by the subsidiary RLG Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. The objectives of VRP are to reduce electronic waste, increase recycling and manage the environmental, health and safety impact of products at the end of their life cycles.

The program supports both producers and consumers and is fully compliant with the Prime Ministerial Decision about the collection and treatment of discarded products in Vietnam which came into effect in January last year.

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