The "Clean Up Vietnam" campaign, the largest of its kind in Vietnam, will return for the fifth time on June 4, with around 30,000 volunteers registered domestically and abroad.
Themed "Pick Up Rubbish - Reach Out Global", this year's event will see the participation of several sponsors, media and environmental ambassadors, as well as celebrities such as singers Tien Manh and Phuong Thanh, TV host Manh Cuong, Hanna Giang Anh, and Trung Thao Mai.
In its fourth edition in December 2022, held in 102 locations across Vietnam and 12 others in foreign countries including Japan, South Korea, the US and Thailand, the campaign attracted more than 16,000 volunteers and collected a total of more than 186 tons of garbage.
A group of young volunteers collects the trash in the 2022 campaign. Photo: ivolunteer.vn
Since its launch in 2020, the Clean Up Vietnam campaign has been encouraging people to pick up trash, with the aim of raising people's awareness about reducing plastic waste and putting trash in the right place, protecting the environment, and guiding the community towards a greener lifestyle.
According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment's 2020 report, daily urban waste has increased from 32,000 tons in 2014 to more than 36,000 tons in 2020, accounting for more than 50% of the country's solid waste. During the pandemic, Vietnam's limited waste management systems also experienced a spike in plastic waste.
By joining the Clean Up Vietnam campaign, which covers 63 cities and provinces nationwide, volunteers hope to be part of the ongoing effort to alleviate this pressure.
The event aims to gradually move Vietnam from the top four countries that dump plastic waste into the sea to the top five cleanest and most beautiful countries in Southeast Asia by 2025.
The "Clean Up Vietnam" campaign will act as a bridge between Government agencies, businesses, clubs, and groups in environmental protection, supporting localities to maintain environmental protection activities in the future.
In addition, the event will inspire "love for the environment" among young generations in schools.