20% of Garbage in Cambodia Is Plastic Waste
AKP Phnom Penh, October 07, 2019 --
Cambodia produces nearly 4 million tons of garbage annually, about 20 percent of which is plastic waste, according to a report of the Ministry of Environment.
Some 56.9 percent of the total waste are transported to the dumping ground, 20 percent are recycled, and over 20 percent are unmanageable, it added.
Phnom Penh alone generates 3,000 tons of garbage per day (17.3 percent of which is plastic waste), Preah Sihanoukville around 700 tons (34 percent plastic waste), and Siem Reap city 400 tons (20.7 percent plastic waste), pointed out the report.
"Nowadays, the Cambodian economy is growing, we are spending more and more on easy-to-use products, such as single-use plastics. In large cities, each person uses from 40 to 52 plastic bags a week,” said here yesterday Secretary of State and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment H.E. Neth Pheaktra at the closing ceremony of the EU’s Green Weeks campaign.
A public cleanup was held on the occasion, along Tonle Sap River, from Chroy Changvar Park to the fishing community close to Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel with the participation of about 500 people in order to remind and encourage the public to reduce single-use plastics.
The event was attended by representatives of the EU Delegation to Cambodia, embassies of EU member states, the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Tourism and Young Eco Ambassador.
By Korm Heng