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In brief

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:

  1. Recycle or arrange for the recycling of products according to the mandatory recycling rate and specifications.
  2. 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

 Click here to access the full alert.


1 Draft Decree implementing Law No. 72/2020/QH14 on Environmental Protection, Art. 87(2).

Author

Lan Phuong Nguyen is a partner based in the Firm's Ho Chi Minh City office. Ms. Nguyen is a member of the Lawyers Association of Ho Chi Minh City, the American Chamber of Commerce and the British Business Group in Vietnam.

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Rachelle Komarnisky is an Associate in Baker McKenzie Ho Chi Minh City office.

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