The Ho Chi Minh City Urban Environment Company is expected to launch a mobile app aimed at encouraging local residents to sort their household garbage.
The application, named mGreen, will be available on both iOS and Android devices.
Citizens will be asked to create an account before selecting a specific schedule during the week for garbage collectors to come and fetch the waste.
On the selected days, the collectors will confirm on the app whether each resident has properly sorted their rubbish.
If the waste sorting is done correctly, users will earn a certain number of points, which will be later used to exchange for coupons and vouchers provided from partner companies of the app developer.
According to Huynh Minh Nhut, director of the Urban Environment Company, the idea was suggested a while ago and will be easily executed thanks to the app.
The app is designed to create a habit of waste sorting among residents, Nhut stated
The firm is also planning to establish a center in charge of collecting recyclable waste from households across the city, he continued.
Citizens can sell such type of waste for cash or exchange it for points in the mGreen app.
Ho Chi Minh City authorities started enforcing a set of regulations requiring local residents to classify their garbage on November 24, in a bid to reduce the harmful effects of household waste on the environment.
According to the regulations, each family is required to categorize their garbage into three groups, namely biodegradable organic waste, waste that can be reused and recycled, and the others.
Garbage collectors are scheduled to fetch biodegradable organic waste on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday and the other two groups of rubbish on the remaining days of the week.
The rules will be phased in before authorities begin fining violators.
|The interface of the app, named mGreen, which is developed by the Ho Chi Minh City Urban Environment Company. Photo: Tuoi Tre