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Forty vehicles handed over to six districts to help collect rubbish

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A pile of rubbish litters a street in the capital. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The City Hall has handed over dozens of motor tricycles to six districts to help clear piles of rubbish from their streets.

City Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey said yesterday that Phnom Penh governor Khuong Sreng on Friday gave 40 vehicles to six of Phnom Penh’s 14 districts. Three motor tricycles were given to Prampi Makara, one to Central Market, six to Chbar Ampov, another six to Sen Sok, seven each to Por Senchey and Meanchey, and 10 to Tuol Kork district.

“Those motor tricycles will help collect rubbish at local areas and expedite its collection,” he said.

In November last year, 100 motor tricycles were handed over to Chroy Changva, Daun Penh, Chamkar Mon and Boeng Keng Kang districts.

Chbar Ampov district governor Cheng Monyra said that residents should dispose of their trash properly so that workers could pick it up easily.

“This will help to have the rubbish collected faster,” Mr Monyra said.

A Russey Keo district resident, So Sam, said that it took two or three days for workers to pick up trash in her area.

“When workers were late, we saw local officials come and collect rubbish. When trash is kept for two or three days, it is smelly,” Mr Sam said.

Phnom Penh produces about 3,000 tonnes of waste a day.

Last month, the Environment Ministry said the government is now working to develop a policy on urban waste management, aimed at improving cleanliness and the environment, noting that Cambodia produces about four million tonnes of trash yearly or more than 10,000 tonnes daily, of which 65 percent is organic waste, 20 percent is plastic waste and the rest solid and other waste.

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