Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Sub-decree to regulate plastics in the works, says government

Sub-decree to regulate plastics in the works, says government

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The ministry on Thursday held a meeting with representatives from UNDP Cambodia, the World Bank, and the National Waste Management taskforce, to discuss policy development opportunities and areas of research on plastic waste management. UNDP CAMBODIA

Sub-decree to regulate plastics in the works, says government

A sub-decree aimed at regulating single-use plastics and foam containers is currently in the works, the Ministry of Environment said on Sunday.

Neth Pheaktra, the ministry’s spokesperson, said he could not provide further details as yet while the regulation is being formulated.

However, he confirmed that the sub-decree would be enacted to reduce the usage of plastic bags, straws and Styrofoam containers, among others.

The announcement was made after the ministry on Thursday held a meeting with representatives from UN Development Programme (UNDP) Cambodia, the World Bank, and the National Waste Management taskforce, to discuss policy development opportunities and areas of research on plastic waste management.

During the meeting, the participants discussed ways to encourage the implementation of the “4Rs” (reduce, reuse, recycle and replace), and educational initiatives to raise people’s awareness of the negative impact of single-use plastics.

Environment Ministry secretary of state Eang Sophalet, who led Thursday’s meeting, said on Sunday that the government would find a solution to replace single-use plastics that people could use in their day-to-day activities.

“We will organise a concert during the water festival to disseminate information to the public,” he said.

Moreover, Sophalet said the usage of supermarket plastic bags has dropped by “some 30 per cent” as more Cambodians have become aware of the “ill effects” of plastic bags.

“Some shops have stopped distributing plastic bags and more members of the public have refrained from asking for a new one and instead turned to the alternatives or reused the ones they previously used to carry their groceries,” he said.

Sophalet also thanked “development partners”, such as NGOs, for their contribution to the increase in environmental education among Cambodians.

The UNDP on Friday took to Facebook, saying that “plastic pollutes the environment, kills wildlife and ocean animals, and seriously affects human health”.

It also said on July 30 that three major cities – Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville – are the biggest polluters of plastic waste in the country.

Heng Yonkora, the executive director of Community Sanitation and Recycling Organisation (CSARO), told The Post on Sunday that his organisation supported the government’s initiative to regulate single-use plastics and foam containers.

“If the government intends to enact this sub-decree, the information must also be disseminated to the rural areas,” Yonkora said.

CSARO, he said, had found that $100 million is spent by Cambodia every year to import single-use plastics.

“When used, [plastic] straws lead to sewer blockages, while foam containers float on paddy fields. The negative impact [that these products cause] could be prevented the sooner we stop using them,” Yonkora said.

MOST VIEWED

  • South Korea’s first lady brings hope to ill boy

    South Korea’s first lady Kim Keon-hee – wife of current president of the Republic of Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol – met with a 14-year-boy with congenital heart disease during her trip to the Kingdom for the ASEAN Summit. After their meeting it was announced that the

  • Hun Sen gets Covid, shuns G20, APEC summits

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said he has tested positive for Covid-19 in Indonesia, where he is slated to attend the G20 summit in his capacity of the ASEAN chair. In a social media post addressing the Cambodian public, he said: “Before leaving Cambodia, I always

  • Moody’s sets outlook rating to ‘negative’ for Cambodia

    US global rating agency Moody’s Investors Service Inc on November 15 announced that it downgraded Cambodia’s outlook from “stable” to “negative” and maintained its B2 local and foreign currency issuer ratings. “The negative outlook reflects a deteriorating external position as illustrated by the severe

  • Hun Sen’s Covid infection caused by ‘weakened antibody’ after summit

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said exhaustion from heavy workload before and during the recent ASEAN Summit may have led to him contracting Covid-19 due to his weakened immune system, while rejecting speculations that the infection was caused by leaders of some countries who did not

  • Korean first lady paves way for ill boy’s surgery

    A 14-year-old boy with congenital heart disease who was lucky enough to meet with South Korean first lady Kim Keon-hee may get the chance of a lifetime and receive surgery and treatment at Asan Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea. After seeing his plight, many

  • Kingdom’s rice crowned world’s No1

    Cambodia’s Phka Rumduol jasmine variety has been crowned the World’s Best Rice for the fifth time at the TRT (The Rice Trader) World Rice Conference in Phuket, Thailand on November 17, according to leaders of the Kingdom’s apex rice industry body. Phka Rumduol