Cambodia Marks Earth Day 2018 “Putting an End to Plastic Pollution”

Cambodia's Ministry of Environment and concerned parties marked the Earth Day 2018 under the theme Putting an End to Plastic Pollution under the presidency of H.E. Eang Sophalleth, Under Secretary of State for Environment.

The celebration, the third of its kind in Cambodia, took place in Prey Veng province last Sunday. This annual event is aimed to raise awareness on the important value of natural resources and environment without plastic.

Cambodia, especially the Ministry of Environment, has been paying attention to the campaign against plastic. In October last year, the royal government issued a sub-decree on plastic usage management in order to increase the effectiveness in reducing the import, production, distribution and usage of plastic bags.

This 32-article sub-decree were also aimed to promote the public participation in reducing the use of plastic bags and encourage the private sector to either recycle plastic bags or produce those made of biodegradable materials.

Under this sub-decree, plastic bag use will be extra charged at the supermarket as part of the government's measures to reduce waste and protect the environment.

Then, numerous events and campaigns have been held to further promote the understanding on plastic pollution.

Annually, about 10 million plastic bags are used by the Cambodian people. Each Cambodian, especially those living in the urban areas, uses at least five plastic bags a day.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press