City Hall yesterday launched a rubbish-burning kiln constructed in Prek Pnov district’s Kork Roka commune to tackle the city’s waste problems and reduce air pollution.
Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng, who presided over the launch, said that the kiln would improve how the city handles waste and pollution.
Kork Roka commune chief Sain Sin said during the launch that the construction order came from the governor himself.
“It is a project under the municipality,” Mr Sin said. “It was specially instructed by the governor as a pilot project to cut down pollution.”
He added that the kiln is to be used for thousands of residents in Andoung 4 and Andoung 6 villages.
Prek Pnov district Governor Sok Sambath said yesterday that the kiln is the first of its kind in the city and will be used as a test for larger pollution-related projects.
“It has the capacity to burn five tonnes of rubbish per day, but it will only cover the two villages,” Mr Sambath said. “It can’t accommodate the whole of Kork Roka yet, but it could potentially be used for district use later on.”
“It’s good because when it is utilised, it won’t emit smoke into the atmosphere,” he added. “It helps cut down on costs and it will help to ensure that communities stay clean.”
City Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey could not be reached for comment yesterday.