The Environment Ministry is encouraging local administrations to take part in the management of waste in their respective jurisdictions.
At the same time, the ministry is also appealing to residents in Phnom Penh to participate in managing waste in order to avoid environmental degradation.
Neth Pheaktra, a ministry spokesman, said yesterday that 2,700 tonnes of solid waste and garbage is produced in Phnom Penh each day. Mr Pheaktra said that all relevant officials and residents of Phnom Penh must do their part to help reduce waste.
“The increase of rubbish being produced is a major problem and it continues to pose as a challenge in Phnom Penh and many other urban areas,” he said. “Tackling the issue requires the participation of all of us to come together in order to reduce environmental pollution.”
Mr Pheaktra added that the ministry will continue to disseminate information and educate residents to better understand the rubbish problem.
“People, please participate in managing waste,” he said. “Please help separate organic and plastic garbage.”
“If people participate to implement this method, we can reduce rubbish disposal by recycling,” Mr Pheaktra added.
Preah Sihanouk Governor Yun Min yesterday reminded his officials to keep cities in the province clean.
Mr Min said that many on social media have complained about the rising rubbish problem in Sihanoukville.
“For the rubbish problem, we have to participate together at hotels, homes, guesthouses, commercial buildings and on public streets,” he said. “The city needs to be cleaned – there has not been rain recently, so transporting rubbish to the dump is easy.”
Thoeun Sopheap, a university student, said that he supported the initiative to keep cities clean.
“If the authorities find ways to process rubbish, then that’s good because the amount of rubbish continues to increase day-by-day,” Mr Sopheap said. “Loving the environment is loving our country, so we all have to participate.”
On Thursday, representatives of Japan International Cooperation Agency and Gomi Recycle met with Svay Rieng provincial officials to discuss the management of rubbish trucks and the construction of a rubbish processing facility in the province.
Provincial Governor Men Vibol said that a rubbish processing facility would not only provide jobs, but would also contribute to the promotion of environmental hygiene in the province.