PHNOM PENH, Jan. 3, (Khmer Times) – Siem Reap representative Ke Sovannaroth has appealed to the city’s administrators to take action on the ongoing problem of garbage dumping near peoples’ homes.
National Assembly President Heng Samrin on Friday submitted an official request to Siem Reap municipal officials to find a resolution to the garbage-dumping problem currently affecting a large number of residents in Prasat Bakong district, Siem Reap province.
“On Dec. 24, 432 citizens from Prasat Bakong district, Siem Reap province have submitted complaints to Siem Reap lawmakers with an appeal to halt the garbage dumping activities of the Global Action for Environmental Awareness (GAEA) organization near the people’s residents,” the letter said.
“The garbage has impacted their cultivation productivity, and the health of the residents because of the stench of the garbage,” the letter continued.
GAEA is a waste collection company in Siem Reap province which was established in 2007. It also has branches in other provinces including Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Thom and Kampot.
Earlier this year, similar complaints were reported by Knar villagers, who could not stand the stench of garbage near their houses.