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Vietnam Recycles implementing the ambassador school programme

In collaboration with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam Recycles launched a program to propagate and collect e-waste at 11 universities and international universities in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

Vietnam Recycles has trained students to become program ambassadors at each participating school. The organisation has been working with the ambassadors to raise awareness of students about the importance of a safe & professional e-waste recycling process for the environment and the community. At the same time, the ambassadors can represent the program to collect e-waste and receive a reward based on the amount collected.

Accompanying with the program, each university selects a group of ambassadors (including at least 5 friends) to organize periodic propaganda and e-waste collection activities in the student community through various forms such as leaflets, posters, banners, school radio, social networks … Accordingly, each school placed a container on campus and will collect e-waste to one of its official collection points in two cities. Vietnam Recycles will summarize the amount of e-waste of each ambassador group on a quarterly basis and issue a certificate of participation to the ambassadors after the program.

List of 11 participating universities:

  1. Ton Duc Thang University
  2. Ho Chi Minh University of Science and Technology
  3. VNUHCM-University Of Science
  4. Ho Chi Minh University of Natural Resources and Environment
  5. Ho Chi Minh University of Food Industry
  6. Hanoi University of Natural Resources and Environment
  7. VNUHN-University Of Science
  8. Hanoi University of Science and Technology
  9. Alfred Nobel School
  10. Vietnam-Australia School
  11. Hoa Sen University

In 2017, Vietnam Recycles collected approximately 10,000 kg of e-waste, nearly twice as much as 2016 was 4.800 kg. In it, the top three types of e-waste accounts for a large proportion of (1) Printers/faxes/scanners have a large conversion from 13% in 2016 and up to 48% in 2017, (2) The types of electronic components accounted for 20% density and (3) Laptops/desktops about 8%. However, the figures obtained are still modest compared to the 90,000 tons of e-waste that Vietnam releases per year (according to the statistics of the Ministry of Science and Technology).