With Cambodia ‘drowning in a wave’ of waste, plastic could be banned at Angkor Wat

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via Channel NewsAsia, 30 June 2018: I hope a ban on plastics takes place. Earlier this year I organised a Workshop on Sustainability and Tourism for Archaeological and Heritage Sites and waste management was one of the topics that came up as a pressing issue.

A future ban on plastic in Cambodia’s world renowned Angkor Archaeological Park will be considered by authorities, in what could be symbolic step in the country’s struggle to deal with a waste crisis.

About 30 tonnes of waste is collected from within the 400 square-kilometre complex on a daily basis, according to VGREEN, the company contracted to cleaning the popular tourist site.

Much of that garbage is discarded plastic, which is contributing to an ever-worsening situation in Cambodia, which lacks proper infrastructure and the social awareness to deal with the problem.

Cambodia, per capita, is one of the highest users of consumer plastic in the world. According to the European Union, ten million plastic bags are used in the capital city Phnom Penh every day. The average Cambodian uses 2,000 plastic bags every year, ten times that of Europeans.

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Plastic wrap to Boroudur's rescue!

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Well, not exactly plastic wrap in the sense of the stuff you find in the kitchen. The latest plan to protect Borobudur from the fallout ash from Mt Merapi is to cover the monument in plastic. But it seems that the 2,000 square metres of plastic that they already have isn’t quite enough to protect the site. I’m not exactly clear over how the plastic is supposed to protect the site. Are they going to lay a plastic tent over the monument? Or are they going to literally wrap each stupa with a layer of plastic? Anybody in the ground care to comment?

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