Reducing Plastic Bag Waste

Reducing Plastic Bag Waste in Major Cities of Cambodia

Plastic bags are non‐biodegradable and harmful to human health and to the environment. However, despite the environmental damage, highly visible throughout Cambodia, plastic bags remain popular due to their convenience: they are waterproof, lightweight, disposable, and affordable. As a result, they are used in Cambodia in a wide range of situations and sectors, from transporting solids and liquids, to direct consumption, to storing and packaging.

This Project seeks to promote sustainable growth and environmental sustainability in the country by changing consumption patterns and consumer behaviours to reduce plastic bag use and waste in major Cambodian cities.

Duration: 3/2014 - 8/2017

Total budget: EUR 1,341,033.46 (EU Contribution: 90%)


Claudia Oriolo
Country Manager
Fondazione ACRA
Office 691, Block H
The Phnom Penh Center
Sothearos Blvd
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Ph.: +855 (0)17 521 896

Fondazione ACRA - CCS Fondazione ACRA - CCS
As lead partner, ACRA – CCS manages all project activities including implementation that addresses consumers by using specific communication channels.
Department of Environment - Phnom Penh Municipality (DoEPP) Department of Environment - Phnom Penh Municipality (DoEPP)
DoEPP is a project partner and accountable for urban waste management for a city of over 1.3 million people.
Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP)
As a project partner, RUPP provides technical-centred research activities on plastic bags as well as compiling the baseline and undertaking data collection for monitoring and evaluation.
International Development Enterprises UK (iDE UK) International Development Enterprises UK (iDE UK)
iDE contributes on designing market based alternatives to plastic bags.
Project Newsletter November/December 2016

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Notes from ideation phase to testing alternatives

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Preliminary findings from foundation phase

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Plastic bag ecosystem and usage

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Behaviour change communication strategy

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Market research report

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Recommendations for policy considerations

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The cost of plastic bags in Cambodia

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Project Newsletter Jan/Feb 2017

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Project Newsletter March/April 2017

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