Ministry of Environment Urges Active Waste Management Among Public

Ministry of Environment has urged the public to contribute more actively in waste management, stressing that it is everyone's responsibility.

The call of the ministry's Spokesperson and Secretary of State H.E. Neth Pheaktra was covered recently by local media report when Cambodia is undergoing key stage of monsoon season and cheering a biggest and the longest traditional festival called Pchum Ben.

Good waste management, he continued, does not only ensure clean environment, but also promotes healthy life and vitally reduces blockages in the sewage system particularly when it is raining.

According to the ministry's 2017 record, capital, cities and towns produced about 3.65 million tons of waste annually or over 10,000 tons every day, and between 70 to 80 percent of it was brought to dumping and recycling sites.

Phnom Penh capital alone produced almost 3,000 tons of wastes per day, while other top tourism destinations Siem Reap and Preah Sihanouk provinces have daily average of 350-400 tons and 600-650 tons of trashes, respectively.

It added that country-wide, about 41 percent of annually produced wastes was brought to dumping sites, 11 percent recycled, and the rest burnt down or thrown away at public areas.

Studies suggested that of the trashes in Cambodia, around 70 or 80 percent can be recycled.

Usually wastes are dumped more heavily during festival, including the happening 15-day Pchum Ben that will run until October 10.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press