“One Step No Plastic” – an environmental campaign initiated by All Dream Cambodia and TosYerng aiming for a plastic waste-free Cambodia – will kick off in Kratie province on September 17.

The third campaign is set to clean up general solid waste, particularly plastic, in public spaces in the northeastern province famed for its beauty.

Provincial Department of Environment director Duong Chhay Savuth expressed his support for the campaign, saying it shows the concern the younger generations have regarding the environment.

“It is good that this group is organising this campaign to highlight the problem of plastic waste, and encourage people to reduce their use of plastic bags and dispose of garbage properly.

“The environment department and the provincial governor have in the past organised a number of educational programmes to raise awareness on the problem of plastic waste, with people gradually starting to change their habits,” Chhay Savuth said.

One Step No Plastic focuses on combating plastic waste pollution, and protecting the beauty of tourist destinations across the Kingdom.

The first two campaigns were held with the participation of 355 people with some three tonnes of waste collected. Most of the previous volunteers were Cambodian and foreign students aged 17 and over.

The collected waste is divided into two categories, recyclable and non-recyclable. The recyclable waste will be recycled by One Step No Plastic’s partners.

Volunteers will also enjoy lunch, watch performances and participate in games to make the day even more enjoyable and friendly.

For this third campaign, One Step No Plastic chose Kratie province because it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Kingdom – and the group of fighters against plastic waste is hoping for even more volunteers this time.

Registering to participate in the campaign can be done by messaging the One Step No Plastic Facebook page, calling 092 300 849, or emailing: [email protected].

Volunteers will not only have the opportunity to be part of a sustainability campaign to help the tourism sector, they will also receive souvenirs such as T-shirts and water bottles, and even become part of a green community network.