New phone application could help solve Cambodia’s waste issue

Southeast Asia Globe

GoGreen has launched Cambodia’s first eco-friendly clean-up mobile phone application in an effort to help solve the country’s waste problem.

The application, which is currently available on all android phones, uses real time data and allows users to highlight parts of the city with a lot of waste, organise community clean-ups, and even suggest locations that need a litter bin.

“The app is a useful tool in engaging people with environmental awareness. Not only can it track the city’s waste and facilitate clean-ups, but it also sends out tips and messages to educate people on the consequences of waste pollution,” said co-founder Grace Smith, speaking at the official launch of the phone application.

Cambodia’s  waste problem has been well documented, and during the 2016 Water Festival in Phnom Penh, a video circulated showing some cleaning crews sweeping rubbish directly into the Tonle Sap river, which runs through Cambodia’s capital city.

However, the situation has improved, with a report showing that rubbish collection increased by 12.5% nationwide between 2016 and 2017, according to the Phnom Penh Post.

Read more