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Residents exchange scrap for rice in Ho Chi Minh City

Residents exchange scrap for rice in Ho Chi Minh City

Monday, March 21, 2022, 15:33 GMT+7
Residents exchange scrap for rice in Ho Chi Minh City
A man gives recyclable materials in exchange for rice in Tang Nhon Phu A Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, March 20, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

The Red Cross unit in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City held on Sunday a meaningful activity allowing local residents to exchange scrap for rice and soy sauce.

More than 20 volunteers of the Red Cross Society in Tang Nhon Phu A Ward, Thu Duc City began preparing for the exchange event early in the morning.

People only needed to give such recyclable materials as some empty bottles, used plastic bins, or old cardboard to receive three kilograms of rice and a bottle of soy sauce in return.

Those with a large amount of scrap were handed 10 kilograms of rice.

Tu Ngoc, a scrap collector in Tang Nhon Phu A Ward, stated that the activity meant a lot to him.

Ngoc said he had to work for days in order to afford 10 kilograms of rice.

Thanks to the exchange, he was able to receive the rice with just some plastic bottles.

Ngoc could not remember how old he is, adding that his main focus is to take care of his sick mother.

A man gives recyclable materials in exchange for rice in Tang Nhon Phu A Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, March 20, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A man gives recyclable materials in exchange for rice in Tang Nhon Phu A Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, March 20, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Thi Tu, 85, said she often collects and stores scrap at her home.

“I can no longer earn money, and thanks to this activity, I can exchange the materials I have been collecting for some rice,” Tu continued.

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Linh, 58, who provides rooms for rent, said she had been looking for a way to deal with the scrap left by her tenants, who are mostly university students.

“I exchanged the materials for the rice and handed it to my tenants to support their lives as well as to help them become more aware of environmental protection,” Linh elaborated.

An elderly woman reacts after exchanging her scrap for rice and soy sauce in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, March 20, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

An elderly woman reacts after exchanging her scrap for rice and soy sauce in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, March 20, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Le Thi Nga, a 45-year-old volunteer, believed that the activity has helped her better understand the value of scrap and the importance of waste sorting.

The exchange is mainly aimed at providing support to local residents, according to Le Kieu Hong Nguyet, chairwoman of the Red Cross Society in Tang Nhon Phu A Ward.

The organization had prepared more than 700 kilograms of rice and other necessities, Nguyet continued, adding that the money from selling the scrap will be added to the local fund for the poor.

Volunteers of the Red Cross Society in Tang Nhon Phu A Ward sort the scrap contributed by a local resident in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, March 20, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Volunteers of the Red Cross Society in Tang Nhon Phu A Ward sort the scrap contributed by a local resident in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, March 20, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Recyclable materials collected through the activity in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, March 20, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Recyclable materials collected through the activity in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, March 20, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A resident receives rice and soy sauce after exchanging recyclable materials in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, March 20, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A resident receives rice and soy sauce after exchanging recyclable materials in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, March 20, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

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The Red Cross unit in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City held on Sunday a meaningful activity allowing local residents to exchange scrap for rice and soy sauce.

More than 20 volunteers of the Red Cross Society in Tang Nhon Phu A Ward, Thu Duc City began preparing for the exchange event early in the morning.

People only needed to give such recyclable materials as some empty bottles, used plastic bins, or old cardboard to receive three kilograms of rice and a bottle of soy sauce in return.

Those with a large amount of scrap were handed 10 kilograms of rice.

Tu Ngoc, a scrap collector in Tang Nhon Phu A Ward, stated that the activity meant a lot to him.

Ngoc said he had to work for days in order to afford 10 kilograms of rice.

Thanks to the exchange, he was able to receive the rice with just some plastic bottles.

Ngoc could not remember how old he is, adding that his main focus is to take care of his sick mother.

A man gives recyclable materials in exchange for rice in Tang Nhon Phu A Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, March 20, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A man gives recyclable materials in exchange for rice in Tang Nhon Phu A Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, March 20, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Thi Tu, 85, said she often collects and stores scrap at her home.

“I can no longer earn money, and thanks to this activity, I can exchange the materials I have been collecting for some rice,” Tu continued.

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Linh, 58, who provides rooms for rent, said she had been looking for a way to deal with the scrap left by her tenants, who are mostly university students.

“I exchanged the materials for the rice and handed it to my tenants to support their lives as well as to help them become more aware of environmental protection,” Linh elaborated.

An elderly woman reacts after exchanging her scrap for rice and soy sauce in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, March 20, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

An elderly woman reacts after exchanging her scrap for rice and soy sauce in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, March 20, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Le Thi Nga, a 45-year-old volunteer, believed that the activity has helped her better understand the value of scrap and the importance of waste sorting.

The exchange is mainly aimed at providing support to local residents, according to Le Kieu Hong Nguyet, chairwoman of the Red Cross Society in Tang Nhon Phu A Ward.

The organization had prepared more than 700 kilograms of rice and other necessities, Nguyet continued, adding that the money from selling the scrap will be added to the local fund for the poor.

Volunteers of the Red Cross Society in Tang Nhon Phu A Ward sort the scrap contributed by a local resident in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, March 20, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Volunteers of the Red Cross Society in Tang Nhon Phu A Ward sort the scrap contributed by a local resident in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, March 20, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Recyclable materials collected through the activity in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, March 20, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Recyclable materials collected through the activity in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, March 20, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A resident receives rice and soy sauce after exchanging recyclable materials in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, March 20, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A resident receives rice and soy sauce after exchanging recyclable materials in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, March 20, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

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