First district to prohibit single-use plastic next month

Co To island district in the northern province of Quang Ninh will officially ban visitors from bringing plastic bottles and bags to the island from September 1 in a bid to spur sustainable tourism.

This is part of a trial plan of the Co To District People’s Committee.

Specifically, under the plan, visitors are not allowed to bring plastic bottles, plastic bags, and materials carrying a risk of environmental pollution to the island.

Local authorities will then move toward the official implementation of this regulation since the island district’s basic services are now completely prepared to accommodate the needs of tourists.

The island district’s services and facilities are now fully accessible, but many tourists still bring single-use plastic products there, putting a great deal of environmental strain on Co To,” said Chairman of the Co To District People’s Committee Nguyen Viet Dung.

Co To District requires that travel companies and transportation businesses provide tourists with guidance at the time of ticket sales.

When visitors arrive at Van Don Wharf to travel to Co To Island, they will be asked to leave behind single-use plastic bottles, plastic bags, and other items that could potentially cause environmental pollution.

Situated around 80 kilometers from the mainland, Co To is famous for its pristine islets and primeval forests.


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