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Phnom Penh waste management to be disrupted during Khmer New Year

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Garbage grows on the side of a Phnom Penh street during a Cintri disruption. KT/Chor Sokunthea

City Hall has issued a statement appealing to citizens not to place rubbish on public roads because Cintri, the company handling pickups, will give its workers four days off during Khmer New Year.

The statement was issued by deputy governor Huot Hay who said that the workers will be off from April 14 to 17 and rubbish disposal will be disrupted.

Mr Hay noted that in order to maintain cleanliness, citizens should instead hold on to their rubbish until the company resumes their operation.

“City Hall hopes all citizens will contribute to the maintenance of our city’s cleanliness,” he said.

Ith Chanda, chief of Cintri’s rubbish collection department, yesterday said the company is obligated to give workers four days off due to an instruction to do so by the Labour Ministry. However, Mr Chanda noted that a small number of rubbish collectors have been requested to be on standby to help collect rubbish in Phnom Penh.

“Our company has created a team to collect rubbish,” he said. “But rubbish collection will not be consistent as usual.”

“We hope that citizens will understand regarding this disruption,” Mr Chanda added.

Additionally, Governor Khuong Sreng in February issued a statement listing new waste management pricing in Phnom Penh. The new pricing was applied at the beginning of this month.

In the statement, Mr Sreng said the new pricing allows for an increase in service coverage, and that it was implemented to facilitate economic and population growth, which caused the amount of rubbish in the city to explode dramatically.

“According to a directive issued by the Environment, Economy and Finance Ministries last year, in order to promote effective waste management, City Hall would like to inform citizens to pay the new waste management fee,” he said.

According to the new pricing table, a ground floor apartment that was required to pay $1 in the past will have to pay about $2.50, while first-floor apartments will have to pay about $2 and $3.50 for detached houses.

Phnom Penh resident Chhim Panha said he does not object the new prices, but he wants the quality of services to also be increased.

“Please come collect rubbish regularly because sometimes there is no collection for days,” Mr Panha said. “Rubbish piles produce putrid stench that is difficult to live with.”

“Rubbish collection these days have disruptions. It’s difficult to blame Cintri […] because some people do not pack their rubbish properly, which makes collection hard,” he added. “It requires the participation of everyone in order to make waste management more effective.”

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