Within the framework of the program, Saigon Co.op also signed agreements with the Tan Binh Culture JSC (ALTA Group) and Green Connect JSC to implement it at its stores.

Saigon Co.op signs a MOU with Winrock International in Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo courtesy of Saigon Co.op)

The partnership is part of the Pollution Reducing Project funded by USAID, which the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Winrock International are managing.

Saigon Co.op will apply the waste circulation process through a plastic waste recycling station and an organic waste circulation model.

Under the former, Saigon Co.op and ALTA Group will install plastic bottle/aluminum can collection machines at Co.opmart supermarkets in Ho Chi Minh City.

The AI-based machines will automatically identify, classify and collect the bottles and cans.

For each bottle/can a user puts into the machine, they will receive a certain number of points that will be converted into vouchers for shopping on e-commerce platforms.

The program will be piloted in Ho Chi Minh City from April 2024 to January 2025 before being deployed across the Co.op supermarket network.

Saigon Co.op will collaborate with Green Connect for the organic waste classification, collection and treatment at its supermarkets in the city from April 2024 to January 2025.

Based on results, the program will be widely deployed.

Source: VNA