School Recycling 2019 - 2020 Program Expands after Quarantine Time of COVID-19

1:34:28 PM | 23/6/2020

Vietnam’s schoolchildren have been back to school for nearly two months, following the social quarantine time of COVID-19. The program of School Recycling collaborated between Hanoi’s and Ho Chi Minh City’s Education & Training Department, Environment & Natural Resources Department and program stakeholders is on track with remarkable deliverables, marking its very success in the first year of expansion.  


All of participating kindergartens achieve positive results in terms of training, guiding and checking the categorizing of used carton packages

In particular, more than 1,400 kindergartens and primary schools in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City participate the program. All of participating kindergartens achieve positive results in terms of training, guiding and checking the categorizing of used carton packages, thereby improve the quality of used carton to meet recycling requirements.

Participating the program, schoolchildren are instructed the simple steps of unfolding four corners of used cartons, flattening, sticking covers to carton openings and placing them into dustbins for collection. The used carton packages are then collected periodically every two weeks by Tetra Pak’s partners and transported to Dong Tien Paper factory to be materials for the production of such useful products as notebooks, bio-roof panels, etc.


After a long time of practicing, pupils have established a good habit of flattening used cartons and placing them into baskets for collecting with little supervision from teachers

“We hold an ultimate goal that no cartons end up as litter or in landfill and School Recycling is part of long-term initiatives to achieve such a goal. The aim of this program goes beyond segregating and collecting used cartons at primary schools but to instill the good habit of carton recycling at household level and among the public,” said Mr. Ta Bao Long, Head of Public Communications, Tetra Pak Vietnam.

“This is the first year that we deploy the program on a large scale following the successful piloting in Ho Chi Minh City in 2018-2019. We are glad to see positive program deliverables which set a good example for different cities and provinces to learn from,” further commented.


Used cartons can be recycled materials for notebooks, bio-roof panels, etc.

Reviewing program impacts on establishing schoolchildren’s habits of segregating, collecting used cartons, Ms. Nguyen Thi Phuong, Teacher, Mai Dong Kindergarten, Hoang Mai District, Hanoi highlighted: “We pay particular attention to guiding pupils how to deal with used cartons so that they can meet recycling requirements, thereby improving their awareness of environment protection. After a long time of consistently practicing, our pupils have established the good habit of flattening used cartons and placing them into collecting baskets for collecting with little supervision from teachers. Our pupils’ habit remains unchanged after the quarantine time of COVID-19. This very promising result is a great happiness for us as we are on track with program goal.”

Apart from the program of School Recycling, Tetra Pak is actively engaged with community organizations to establish and expand the chain of public drop-off stations so that consumers can bring their used cartons for collecting and recycling. Tetra Pak currently holds a network of more than 30 drop-off stations in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and other provinces/cities. The list of drop-off stations is available at taichevohopsua.com.


Tetra Pak is actively engaged with community organizations to establish and expand the chain of public drop-off stations

Tetra Pak is known as an active catalyst for sustainability growth and a low-carbon circular economy. The Company and eight flagship consumer goods and packaging companies aligned to form a new recycling initiative called Packaging Recycling Organization Vietnam (PRO Vietnam) to ensure all packages by PRO members will be recycled by 2030. Nearly 100% of Tetra Pak’s cartons are made from FSC certified paper. As a recognition for Tetra Pak’s remarkable efforts, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry honored Tetra Pak as Vietnam’s Top 10 sustainability pioneering manufacturers in 2019.

D.B (Vietnam Business Forum)