Causes and Challenges
Cambodia lacks adequate waste management infrastructure. Recycling is virtually non-existent. The result of inadequately managed plastic waste is the accumulation of litter in waterways throughout the country. Technical assistance is required to improve environmental governance and establish additional regulatory frameworks.
The Ministry of Environment of Cambodia has issued a number of laws and regulations to combat the causes of pollution by encouraging relevant government’s institutions, private sectors, environmental groups, and local community to take action on plastic waste pollution and micro-plastic contamination.
Ways forward include increasing investment into finding suitable alternatives, capacity building for the private and public sector at every level of government.