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69 rubbish-filled containers in Sihanoukville returned

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The 83 rubbish-filled containers found in Sihanoukville.  MOE

Chungyuen Plastic Manufacturer has returned the remaining 69 containers filled with rubbish back to their origins before its extended deadline, according to the General Department of Customs and Excise.

On July 20, Chungyuen Plastic was identified as the company that was responsible for the import of the 83 containers, which were found by The Sihanoukville Autonomous Port authority.

The containers contained 1,600 tonnes of plastic rubbish. The government ordered the company to return 83 containers filled with rubbish back to their origins by August 24 and fined it more than $250,000.

Kun Nhim
Kun Nhim, director-general of the General Department of Customs and Excise, speaks at a press conference in July, 2019. KT/Siv Channa

On August 23, the company asked the GDCE to extend the deadline for the return of the remaining containers by October 25 after returning 14 containers back to their origins at that time.

The GDCE issued a statement today, saying that Chungyuen Plastic Manufacturer on Sunday returned the rubbish to their origins–United States and Canada and also paid a fine.

“First, the company has paid a fine to the state. Second, it had shipped 14 rubbish-filled containers out of the Kingdom on August 20, 2019. Third, on September 15, 2019 it continued to ship the remaining 69 rubbish-filled containers,” the statement said.

“So, Chungyuen Plastic Manufacturer Co Ltd has fulfilled all the conditions set by the authorities,” it said.

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