Once you get outside the main tourist parts of Siem Reap, rubbish collection is simply not available. Where it is, often families cannot afford to use it. Compounding the problem is a total lack of awareness or education on environmental issues. Rubbish is often either left dumped around villages or in most cases burnt. Both of these practices create further environmental issues. Litter is becoming a huge community health issue and a growing problem across Cambodia.
Our school was built using the concept of ‘Eco Block’ from Pura Vida. The Eco Blocks are made from old drink bottles of any size stuffed tightly with clean landfill rubbish like plastic bags, polystyrene trays, straws. These are the ideal eco alternative to bricks and greatly reduce waste going to landfill. Over 100,000 bottles – Eco Bricks have gone into our community school.