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Refill Not Landfill Campaign Cambodia

Updated: Oct 4, 2019

A new and vital campaign is forming across Siem Reap Cambodia and other parts of South East Asia. The movement is called Refill Not Landfill #refillnotlandfill.
In Cambodia used plastic bottles end up in the landfill, blocking storm-water drains and scattered around its beautiful countryside. The number of plastic water bottles being discarded, as well as general waste including #plastic bags, is overwhelming the region and simply too difficult for the local community to seldom manage. It can be very difficult to go plastic free but Refill Not Landfill makes avoiding plastic water bottles so much easier; read on to learn how.

What's Happening?

A relatively new concept has started to unfold in Cambodia; reusable water bottles! The idea is that you can purchase a bottle and then refill it for free at participating locations. This will reduce the amount of one-time-use plastic water bottles per visitor and overall is an Eco-friendly way to contribute to a greener and cleaner environment.

The goal is to replace one-time-use plastic water bottles with reusable aluminium bottles. The ultimate goal is to substantially reduce the amount of plastic waste produced in Cambodia through awareness and participation. The concept produces an environmentally friendly movement which current participants hope will motivate others to join. It is important to have this common goal, to strive towards it and aim to see Cambodia taken care of by the local #community and the responsible tourism industry.


What is the goal?

The goal is to replace one-time-use plastic water bottles with reusable aluminium bottles. The ultimate goal is to substantially reduce the amount of plastic waste produced in #Cambodia through awareness and participation. The concept produces an environmentally friendly movement which current participants hope will motivate others to join.


It is important to have this common goal, to strive towards it and aim to see Cambodia taken care of by the local community and the responsible #tourism industry. This is a vital relationship with an increasing number of tourists set to visit the country, it needs sustainable projects in place to protect it.


What has prompted this campaign?

In 2015, 4,775,231 million visitors went to Cambodia staying an average of 6.8 days.

During that time these visitors consumed an average of 2 litres of water per day, many from half-litre or 1-litre bottles meaning they have the potential to generate, on average, 130 million plastic half-litre bottles every year. That is more than 10 million bottles per month or 355,000 bottles per day, equivalent to 26 Olympic swimming pools filled to the brim with plastic bottles every single year; year after year! This is not sustainable for the future of Cambodia. So why refill? Bottles can be refilled for free at any of the stations; simple and #sustainable!


Here are a few things you can do to become a part of the Refill Not Landfill Campaign

If you are visiting the country, purchase a water bottle from a selected business and support the cause. Refill your new bottle at any of the free drinking water stations provided around town. By taking this simple step, you have already contributed to the reduction of plastic waste and set an example of how easy it is to be a responsible tourist. The water bottles make a great souvenir or gift to take home or travel with.


Want to invest?

Since launching the campaign there have been over 110,000 orders representing the incredible saving of around 1 million plastic water bottles in the coming few years. The organisation has now expanded to reach over 6 countries! This is such an amazing achievement and shows how many local businesses and tourists care about the environment. The bottles are all Eco-friendly and are made locally in Cambodia. If you are looking to invest into the campaign, please contact Refill Not Landfill


Below are photographs shared by tourists travelling Cambodia in 2018 showing that reducing if not banning plastic is critical - these photographs are not owned by Travel For Change.

Certain areas of the region are suffocating in one-time-use plastic waste! Let's be the change and encourage others to reduce their environmental impact and purchase a reusable bottle!



Visit the Refill Not Landfill Website today for a list of partnerships.


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