More than 50 villagers from Por Senchey district’s Phloeung Chhes Rotes commune took to the streets yesterday to protest against the use of their village as a dumpsite.
According to the villagers, Cintri, a company tasked by City Hall to collect rubbish, has been transporting rubbish into their village.
The villagers said the protest took place near the site, and they want district authorities to help prohibit the action.
An unnamed villager yesterday said the company began transporting rubbish days ago.
“The area has never had a dumpsite, it only began a few days ago,” the villager said. “Villagers are shocked when they see this. It’s difficult to breath. We are afraid it will affect hygiene, their health, and the environment.”
Chan Pros, another villager, said the company now dumps rubbish in an area near a school, a pagoda and a market.
“It will affect students and the pagoda,” Mr Pros said. “There are a lot of people who live there. We don’t want to see a dumpsite in the area.”
“It’s been four days and there are many rubbish piles,” he added. “What about after one month? We are asking the authorities to help to prohibit this.”
“We hope that the authorities will intervene. Villagers are worried about sanitation, especially when it comes to students’ hygiene,” Mr Pros said. “Monks nearby are also affected by the smell of rubbish.”
District Governor Hem Darith yesterday said Cintri does not have permission to transport rubbish into the village.
“The authorities told the company to stop and the company agreed to fill the dumpsite to cover the bad smell,” Mr Darith said.
Additionally, Daun Penh district authorities are calling for residents to understand why rubbish pickups have been late.
District Governor Sok Penhvuth yesterday said many trucks are in need of repair.
Mr Penhvuth noted that local authorities should help dispose rubbish in the meantime.