FAQ

Here is a list of questions and answers that you might be wondering either about Clean Green Cambodia or Sustainability in Cambodia in general. If you don’t find what you are looking for, don’t hesitate to drop us a line.

Clean Green Cambodia Website

There are three ways the information of the listed organisations can be updated: 

  1. The organisation can contact us at info@cleangreencambodia.org to let us know about the changes (opening time, new sustainability initiatives, new facebook page, etc). 
  2. We will check regularly if there are changes reflected on the organisations’ website, social media, etc. and will contact them once a year if they have any changes to make on their listing to be sure that everything is accurate. 
  3. Users can let us know if there are anything inaccurate (for instance if a place mentioned that it banned plastic straws but still provide them to customers)

Being listed on the website enables to increase your visibility as visitors will look for sustainable tourism businesses (restaurants, cafe, hotels, etc.), and partners. This will also enable you to share your new sustainable initiatives, events, etc. and be part of a network of organisations that are striving to make the country greener (read more about that here).

Once you are listed, you can use our logo in your facilities and website to show that you are part of Clean Green Cambodia and recognised as a green organisation. We also recognised businesses that are doing extra steps in improving their sustainability initiatives (check our sustainability criteria) by giving them a Gold recognition. 

Waste in Cambodia

Cambodia has country-wide waste management laws (it introduced for instance a decree on waste management in 2015 that penalises anyone burning waste from 10,000 riel (2.50 $) to 200,000 riel (50$)). However, each municipality has the responsibility to manage its own waste. The municipalities often partner with waste management companies, such as GAEA in Siem Reap who collect waste from households, business, or events against a fee. The sorting of waste at the facilities depends on the waste management company: for instance in Siem Reap, GAEA separate plastic bottles to give to waste pickers. However, other waste such as organic or glass waste are not currently being sorted in the city, but is planned to be sorted in the near future. Thus, for the moment it might better to sort out such waste individually (compost organic waste in your garden, reuse glass bottles) before they are being picked up so that they can be put to good use.

Waste pickers have informally collected aluminium (metal can), plastic bottles (only those with no recycled plastic) and cardboard to sell them to recycling companies in neighbourhood countries such as Vietnam or Thailand. Waste pickers are often children or women coming from very poor families and goes around the villages and cities to collect waste. They come to restaurants, bars, and might come to households as well to collect the waste, or you might need to ask them first if you see them in the street. They often pay to collect waste (for instance 100 riel per metal can).

Other items than plastic bottles, cardboard and metal cans are not easily recycled. However, you can find organisations in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh or Battambang that recycle other items (such as plastic bags that are used by Rehash Trash in Siem Reap to make bags, coaters and other items).

This depends on the city. In Siem Reap, Camborea collects food waste from restaurants and hotels. You can also start composting yourself if you don’t have a huge amount of food scraps and have a garden!

Other questions?

Not finding what you are looking for? Send us your questions at info@cleangreencambodia.org.

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