The Vietnam Tourism Development Research Institute has predicted that by 2030, the amount of plastic waste generated by tourists will triple. According to experts, the amount of plastic waste will increase to 340,000 tons per year, writes VnExpress.
In 2019, before the start of the pandemic and the closure of borders, 18 million travelers visited the country, leaving behind 55,000 tons of plastic waste. The Vietnamese themselves added another 61,000 tons of plastic. As the tourist flow to the popular Asian country grows, experts predict the imminent approach of an environmental disaster. They believe that by 2030 the figure could increase to 340,000 tons of garbage.
“This is a huge pressure on the environment,” said Nguyen Anh Tuan, director of the Tourism Development Research Institute.
Earlier it was reported that plastic debris from Brazil and China was found in Svalbard.
Source: The Rambler