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Recycling plastic in Cambodia

All plastic is really bad for our health and environment. So the best choice is to stop using plastic all together, or reuse certain plastics such as lunch boxes. The ways to reuse plastic are available on the page for individuals. In Cambodia there are no recycling plants. There is an informal system of recycling workers, called edjai, who take plastic bottles, cans, cardboard and some other items deemed valuable that they can sell to recycling depots who transport the waste to other countries, like Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam, where it gets recycled. This local system is the best option, keep these things separate and let the edjai know the place you’ll put it that they can collect from.

Reduce your impact

Tips : + Keep all things in one plastic bag. + Get a shopping basket so you don’t need to use plastic bags. + Use refillable water bottle. + Use the chan srak/lunch box. + Don’t use plastic straws. See more on the DIY page.

Garbage collection in Cambodia

There are two dominant waste collection companies in Cambodia; Gaea – operating in Kampot and Siem Reap and Cintri – operating in Phnom Penh, Battambang and Kampong Cham. KSWM (Kampong Som Waste Management) operate the waste collection in Sihanoukville. Waste Collection Company of Kratie City collect the rubbish in Kratie.

Tourism impacts from plastic pollution

Most hotels provide a lot of room amenities, bottled water, plastic bags, take away packaging, straws, straws, STRAWS packaged in plastic! And that’s just the plastic we can see as a customer, what about the rest that is used for laundry, the kitchen, staff meals and more.
There are 818 properties currently* listed on for Siem Reap alone!!
What does that mean for local communities? So many impacts! Waste management is basic at best, recycling barely exists, the drive of the tourism industry affects locals in many ways (community, economical – not as good as you might think, environmentally and socially). For plastic alone we can see an increase in brand names like Starbucks, therefore turning locals into consumers of these products too – and with more consumption comes a tide of plastic. Where does it all go? In the canals, on the road, in the rivers, in the ocean and in the jungles around the temples. Some makes it to landfill, but not enough. The rest is burned, causing a myriad of unmeasured environmental and health problems.

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Common Questions

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