World Cleanup Day on September 15 is a nationwide and global event. Our learning centers in Siem Reap and Chreav joined the initiative together with a row of other organizations and the Department of Environment.
Trash takes a lot of time to decompose: glass bottles can take up to 1 million years, plastic bags about 20 years, plastic bottles 450 years, aluminum cans up to 200 years, cigarette butts about 1 -5 years. On World Cleanup Day, students from the learning centers helped to clean their neighborhoods from Preah Ang Chek Preah Ang Cham’s shrine to Sivatha Road until Old Market Streets, then along the Siem Reap riversides to Preah Ang Chek Preah Ang Cham area.
During the collecting the trash, students saw hoteliers only cleaning around their hotels, restaurants or guesthouse campuses not going any further. Their commitment was appreciated, though. The collected trash was divided into three “top” categories, plastic bags, cigarette butts and lastic straws. Many sacks were loaded on the trash truck.
The event not only served as a role model for the community but also for provoking people to be plastic waste scavengers or responsibles for plastic waste management. The cleaners were very glad when they looked back behind and saw what they had already cleaned up. They left clean streets and everybody was very proud of their achievements. Also, people got to know each other better and built a closer relationship to each other – all members of a small world that has the same goal: to keep it clean. We wish there will be more people joining the event next year! Our expectation is not to see many more sacks filled of waste but that people will use less plastic bags and turn to consume recycled materials.