City Hall is conducting a feasibility study into having another dumpsite to reduce the burden at the current one in Dangkor district which will be completely filled within two years.
City Hall spokesman Met Measpheakdey yesterday said a technical working group is looking for a suitable place for the new dumpsite.
“We are now finding another location to store rubbish,” he said. “The current dumpsite is reaching full capacity and cannot store more rubbish in the near future.”
The current dumpsite in Dangkor district’s Chhoeung Ek commune covers about three hectares. Approximately 3,000 tonnes of rubbish are transported there daily.
Mr Measpheakdey said that the team is also studying the possibility of having more than one location to store rubbish because rubbish collected from all over Phnom Penh is channelled to the single dumpsite in Dangkor district.
“For example, if we can have three or four other locations we can split up our daily rubbish collection and send them to the nearest spot,” he noted.
Keo Channarith, the director of the Dangkor Dumpsite Management Committee at Cintry, the company tasked with managing rubbish in Phnom Penh, said he supports the plan to relocate the dumpsite.
“I estimate that within two years the Dangkor site will be completely used up because since 2009, we have stored about eight million tonnes of rubbish there,” he said. “We collect and dump about 3,000 tonnes of rubbish there daily.”
Mr Channarith noted that the location of any new dumpsite must be far away from people’s residence and should not be near water sources.
“However, the location should not be very far from the city or this will affect our daily operations,” he said.
Yong Kim Eng, president of the People Centre for Development and Peace, yesterday said that he supported the plan to relocate the dumpsite but said the authorities should be focusing more on recycling the trash.
“It is a good thing but City Hall should be focusing on recycling the rubbish, including converting it for energy which is being done in some countries,” he said.