The Ministry of Education continues to push for environmental protection through proper waste management

The Ministry of Environment has organized the “Plastic Waste Management Dissemination” program which aims to strengthen Cambodia’s environmental protection efforts.

The launch of the program was chaired by the Deputy Director General of Environmental Knowledge and Information, Meas Chanthyda, in the presence of the Executive Director of Borey Vimean Phnom Penh, Moeung Ratha. The ceremony also has the participation of the representatives of the UNDP, director of the provincial department of the environment of Kandal. The launch took place on February 15.

MoE officials said the launch of the project reflects the nation’s common will to protect the environment and is a way to inspire more people to participate in keeping the environment clean and protected.

Deputy Director General Chanthyda said that about 68% of the garbage thrown away by the people is organic garbage and about 20% of the garbage thrown away is plastic garbage and attention should be paid to the disposal of plastic garbage. Disposal of plastic waste, when done incorrectly, will lead to chemical pollution.

The country currently registers more than 10,000 tons of solids per day and more than four million tons annually. Due to population growth and development, Cambodia is experiencing a 15% increase in waste generation per year.

Deputy Director General Chanthyda added that the Ministry of Environment has put in place a number of mechanisms to support effective management of municipal solid waste disposal.

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