Ha Long to pilot banning plastic products on tourist boats
  • | laodong, dtinews.vn | July 26, 2019 07:58 AM
Ha Long Bay Management Board has made an agreement with 15 service providers to pilot a ban on plastic products on tourist boats starting from August 1.


Collecting rubbish in Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay has been filled up with rubbish. Quang Ninh Park Construction JSC and Phuc Thanh Company are responsible for collecting the rubbish floating around Ha Long Bay and they collected over six tonnes of rubbish each day but the bay is littered again very quickly. The floating rubbish is mostly foam boxes, plastic bags, and bottles.

In order to preserve the environment, all agencies need to work together but first, they have to start with the service providers. Pham Dinh Huynh, deputy head of the management board, said 15 providers of tourist boats, kayak and high-speed boats have agreed to stop using plastic bags and bottles from August 1.

"Previously 5,000 bottles and 5,000 wet napkins were given to tourists each day. Now we can end a source of pollution," he said.

The small plastic bottles will be replaced with large water bottles and tourists will be given a cup made from environmentally-friendly materials. The providers will start saying no to plastic products to better protect Ha Long Bay.

According to Huynh, they will continue calling for other providers to ban the use of plastic bottles and bags.

"It must be done step by step. The number of day boats and the use of plastic products are much higher so it will be difficult to ban," he said.

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