Cambodia – Turning sugarcane waste into Paper plates.


 Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Language: Cambodian

Duration: 00:06:10

Source: A24

Restrictions: A24 Subscribers

Dateline: 13-04-2022


A Cambodian young man has spent three years to develop recycling equipment used to recycle paper plates from sugarcane waste in efforts aim at reducing the use of plastic products. Taing Socheat said that he provided the local market with paper plates at a lower cost on a daily basis, complaining the lack of support for his small company. Taing, founder & managing Director for MG Pacific Company Limited, said his efforts were meant to show consumers the benefit of recycling waste and significantly reducing pollution levels. He said his craft has created more local products and jobs for people. Mr. Sophann,a technician at the Company, said they brought and reused old equipment from a market and a car repair garage to set up their factory.Mock Channa, a seller of sugarcane juice, said he collected sugarcane waste for Socheat’s company instead of throwing it away.


-(SOUNDBITE) Mr. Mock Channa (Seller of Sugarcane Juice):

“I sell sugarcane juice twice a day and I collect sugarcane waste for this company. I give him two sacks a day. If there is no company, I will throw it away.”

-(SOUNDBITE) Mr. Mock Channa (Seller of Sugarcane Juice):

” I was the first person who bring him sugarcane waste since this company started. For me, this recycling is really good because it can help the environment.”

-(SOUNDBITE) Mr. Taing Socheat (Management at MG Pscific Company Limited):

“I made these plates from sugarcane waste because I want to show to the consumer the advantage of what throw away, sometimes those stuff can be recycled.”

-(SOUNDBITE) Mr. Taing Socheat (Management at MG Pscific Company Limited):

“Sugarcane sellers usually throw sugarcane waste everywhere in the field or burn it. For my craft, I use sugarcane waste to make paper, which we call cane paper, and replace it with plastic.”

-(SOUNDBITE) Mr. Taing Socheat (Management at MG Pscific Company Limited):

“In Cambodia, the use of plastic is very popular especially the foam dishes, it does not dissolve into soil, it takes at least 700 to 800 years to absorb. With this year, how many times we die?”

-(SOUNDBITE) Mr. Taing Socheat (Management at MG Pscific Company Limited):

“So, I recycled plates made from sugarcane waste that people often throw away for people to use instead of plastic as part of helping the environment. In addition, my craft creates more local products and creates jobs for people.”

 -(SOUNDBITE) Mr. Taing Socheat (Management at MG Pscific Company Limited):

“all machines here, I have made improvements from the techniques of the Cambodian people which they use for living.”

-(SOUNDBITE) Mr. Sophann (Technician at MG Pscific Company Limited):

“It took us and the craft owners up to three years to get the results we have today.

We looked for old equipment at everywhere, at the market, at the car repair garage. When we get good results that can be used to make sugarcane dishes, I’m so excited, it’s unbelievable that we can do it.”

-(SOUNDBITE) Mr. Sophann (Technician at MG Pscific Company Limited):

“When we produce like this, we have to cut this panel to this small size, then put it into the pressing machine.”

-(SOUNDBITE) Mr. Taing Socheat (Management at MG Pscific Company Limited):

“it is waterproofing product, because we put it in a pressing machine with a pressure of up to 10 tons and heat up to 200 degrees Celsius to kill germs.”

-(SOUNDBITE) Mr. Taing Socheat (Management at MG Pscific Company Limited):

“The problem I am facing is that my products are expensive because our production is small and expensive, so, the cost of our production is high. But if consumers value the value of the effort, the value of this product is still very low, so I would like to ask the Cambodian people to continue to support, because if we do not continue to support now. This product is never cheap.”

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