The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) released a draft decree implementing Law No. 72/2020/QH14 on Environmental Protection (“Draft Decree“), which introduces Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). Alongside the introduction of a framework for the recycling of packaging waste (available here), the Draft Decree also proposes a mandatory recycling framework for products (“Recycling Obligations“).1
Under the Draft Decree, producers and importers subject to product Recycling Obligations will need to do either of the following:
- Recycle or arrange for the recycling of products according to the mandatory recycling rate and specifications.
- Make a financial contribution to the Vietnam Environmental Protection Fund.
The Draft Decree subjects producers and importers of products in the following categories to Recycling Obligations:
- Electronics – including light bulbs, computers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, cameras, video recorders, televisions, household appliances, and solar panels (recycling obligations enforced from 01/01/2024)
- Batteries (recycling obligations enforced from 01/01/2024)
- Oils and greases (recycling obligations enforced from 01/01/2023)
- Inner tubes and tires (recycling obligations enforced from 01/01/2023)
- Vehicles, Motorbikes and Heavy Equipment (recycling obligations enforced from 01/01/2025)
This alert will highlight the following topics:
- Recycling obligations in detail
- Product-specific recycling requirements
- Penalties for noncompliance
1 Draft Decree implementing Law No. 72/2020/QH14 on Environmental Protection, Art. 87(2).