The newly appointed Poipet town governor on Tuesday warned the city’s trash collection company that he would withdraw its licence if it did not improve its service in Banteay Meanchey province.
San Sean Hour, who was appointed Poipet governor earlier this month, said many residents, and even tourists, have complained that the Poipet Cleaner Company is not doing a good job of collecting the city’s trash, because the streets are always littered with rubbish.
Mr Sean Hour added that his two main priorities since taking office have been addressing the trash collection issue and upgrading roads.
He said he has ordered the Poipet Cleaner Company to improve its services or have its licence revoked.
“There are many new companies that want to get the licence for collecting trash in this tourism town. So, the current company must collect trash on time or face the consequences.”
He added that he would create a forum for residents to voice their concerns and hear possible solutions.
“We will create a forum so residents have a chance to directly inform us about problems they have,” he said.
Ven Samnang, a local resident, said the stacks of trash along the city’s roads smell bad and make the area look like a dump.
“The company does not come to collect it. They keep it there on the road for a few days and then collect it very late. It smells very bad.”
According to a Ministry of Environment report issued this week, 1,423,923 tonnes of rubbish were collected in the country from 2015 to 2017.