Hun Sen urges local recycling of waste

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A man dumps waste at a dumb site near Phsar Kab Kou market in Phnom Penh. KT/ Siv Channa

Prime minister Hun Sen has encouraged all public and private sectors to recycle local wastes to produce electricity in order to safeguard the environment and to address the overloaded garbage in the kingdom.

In a press statement issued after a cabinet meeting today, Mr Hun Sen noted that all relevant stakeholders should be encouraged to recycle existing local wastes in order to generate additional electricity. However, he noted that imported waste  is banned.

“Cambodia will not allow the import of waste from abroad for recycling or under a purpose to produce electricity in the kingdom,” he stressed.

Mr Hun Sen noted the move will help to protect local environment and reduce the amount of waste thrown at the dumb sites, especially in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville.

According to a recent report of the Environment Ministry, the amount of rubbish produced in the country surged by about 10 percent annually due to population growth, lifestyle changes and lack of understanding on how to sort waste.

It said that on a daily basis, Phnom Penh collects about 3,000 tonnes of rubbish, while Sihanoukville collects about 600 tonnes per day.

It added that about 1.5 million tonnes of waste are sent  annually to dumpsites, with 400,000 tones recycled and the rest either burned or thrown into water sources.

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