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Circularity Assessment Protocol: Can Tho, Vietnam

Year of Publication


Between October 2020 and January 2021, a team from the DRAGON Institute at Can Tho University, with guidance and support from the Circularity Informatics Lab, conducted fieldwork in the city of Can Tho, Vietnam. The CAP was conducted with support from the city’s local government, Resilience Officers, and the larger Urban Ocean team.


The Circularity Informatics Lab


Taylor Maddalene, Sheridan Finder, Nguyen Xuan Hoang, Quinn O’Brien, Kathryn Youngblood, Jenna Jambeck, Nguyen Hieu Trung, Dinh Diep Anh Tuan, Nguyen Truong Thanh, Le Hoang Hai Anh, Tran Ngoc Tran




Purpose of Measurement:

Understanding the Problem, Solution Sets and Impact Potential

Impact theme(s):

Material Flows, Policy, Oceans, Livelihoods

The Circularity Assessment Protocol (CAP) is a standardized assessment diagnostic tool to inform decision-makers through collecting community-level data on plastic usage and management. Grounded in materials flow and systems thinking concepts, the CAP uses a hub-and-spoke model to holistically characterize how consumer plastic flows into a community, is consumed, and flows out, either through waste management systems or leakage into the environment. The model consists of seven spokes: input, community, material and product design, use, collection, end of cycle, and leakage.

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