RUPP student campaign to reduce plastic pollution with coffee reduction plans

Environment Ministry spokesperson Neth Pheaktra presents an eco-bag to vendors on National Sanitation Day in the town of Bokor in Kampot in November. MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Fifty cafes have joined a two-month campaign launched by the Department of Media and Communication (DMC) at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) to reduce the use of plastic in everyday life.

A group of 25 DMC students launched the campaign, which runs from November 22 to January 20 to encourage consumers to bring their own water bottles or travel mugs to participating cafes when shopping for coffee or coffee. other drinks to receive a reward in the form of a 10-50 percent discount.

Sao Dalen, a fourth-year DMC student, told The Post on December 21 that the campaign worked well in the first month with an increasing number of participants, mostly RUPP students.

“So far, over 50 cafes have signed up with us and offer discounts to customers who bring their own bottles or mugs when shopping for coffee and drinks,” she said.

Dalen said his team expects the campaign to spread widely with its message of reducing the use of plastic to help improve and clean up the environment.

Environment Department spokesman Neth Pheaktra praised the students for their campaign, which he said was in line with existing government policy and showed a lot of creativity, initiative and wit community from the organizers, participants and shops.

“The plastics problem is a common concern around the world and it will require creative solutions. Reducing the use of plastics and cleaning up plastic pollution are steps people can take to help, ”he said.

He added that from the 1950s to 2020, around 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste were produced on Earth, with more than 400 million tonnes produced each year in recent times. He said that by 2025, plastic production is expected to reach 600 million tonnes per year.

Pheaktra said more than four million tonnes of waste is produced in Cambodia per year, of which around 20% is plastic.

Citing a recent study, he said that an individual city dweller uses more than 2,000 plastic bags a year. Across the country, the volume of waste is increasing by around 15% each year due to population and economic growth which encourages the consumption and use of disposable plastic packaging.

Bryce K. Locke