Sub-decree to Discourage Too Much Use of Plastic Bag

Royal Government of Cambodia has introduced a sub-decree to discourage the use of too many plastic bag which will end up as harmful trash for the environment.

Being tasked to lead the rollout and consultation of the sub-decree 168 on plastic bag management and drafted inter-ministerial directives, the Ministry of Environment recently organised a dissemination and consultation sessions here in Phnom Penh.

Taking the occasion, Minister of Environment H.E. Say Samal encouraged both the public and private sector to understand the implications of too much plastic bag use and to join hands to reduce it.

He also underlined that the government welcomes constructive inputs that contribute to effective implementation of the plastic bag management sub-decree.

Starting from Apr. 10 this year, all shopping malls and markets will charge extra fee for plastic bag supplied or wanted by the consumers.

According to H.E. Heng Nareth, Director General of Ministry of Environment's General Department of Environmental Protection, plastic bag attributes to 17.3, 20.7, and 34 percent of wastes in Phnom Penh capital, Siem Reap and Preah Sihanouk province respectively.

It is, he added, calculated that 10 million plastic bags are being used every day.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press