Vietnam to impose $43 to $86 fine on street litter
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The same penalty will be imposed on those who dump sewage on sidewalks and streets, and dump plastic waste from everyday activities into ponds, lakes, canals, rivers, streams and the sea, according to the decree, which will take effect from August 25.
Improper disposal of garbage and wastewater in public areas, including shopping malls and apartment buildings, will also be subject to fines ranging from VND500,000 to VND1 million. Penalties for urinating and defecation in unauthorized places will range from 150,000 to 250,000 VND, and for throwing cigarette butts in public places from 100,000 to 150,000 VND. The decree also imposes fines ranging from VND2 million to VND4 million for transporting materials such as sand and mud without proper coverage, causing them to spill onto the streets. Households that do not sort their household waste will be fined VND1 million in each case. The 2020 Environmental Protection Act requires all households to sort household waste into three groups: recyclable, food and other, starting January 1 of this year.
Sanitary workers have the right to refuse to take out unsorted garbage, the law says. However, the law is still on paper. Residents, especially in large cities such as Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, continue to throw away garbage without sorting.