Siem Reap implements plastic waste reduction project – Khmer Times

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To enhance sustainable tourism development and promote tourism activities, Siem Reap Provincial Administration on Monday signed an agreement with the Ministry of Environment to implement a project to reduce plastic waste.

The signatories to the agreement held at Sime Reap Hall were Deputy Provincial Governor Ngan Phirun and Ministry of Environment advisor Kith Chankrisna.

Phirun said at present the administration has been mobilising resources from development partners and urging municipal and district administrations to implement urban solid waste management in cities and districts in accordance with Sub-Decree on Waste Management.

He said the ministry has given them three incinerators, six tuk-tuks, three rickshaws and two garbage trucks while Yunnan Province in China supported them by giving three road cleaning sweeper trucks.

“With the implementation of this project, we hope to reduce plastic waste, and this we intend doing by educating and creating awareness among the people in the province. We also need to educate people on the alternative use of products instead of plastics,” said Phirun.

As per the signed agreement, he said, there will be a wider area for the service coverage for garbage collection, cleaning, and transportation.

He added the agreement is aimed at contributing to the prevention and reduction of plastic waste through the implementation of the 4R principle (reduction, reuse, recycling, and refuse).

In January, the Ministry declared Siem Reap province’s Banteay Srei district as a model worthy to be emulated by others due to its beauty, cleanliness, and comfort.

It said that the district administration has worked hard to implement measures to remove rubbish and each village chief in the district is required to encourage their people to regularly collect any rubbish found in public places.

The Ministry said that they have made their villages and communities beautiful, clean, and comfortable to live in as well as more attractive to tourists.

It added that within the district itself, Preah Dak village is regarded as perfect in terms of living conditions, rubbish disposal, and infrastructure maintenance.

Meanwhile, Kampong Cham provincial authority plans to establish a new landfill area of 50 hectares in Kampong Cham’s Choeung Prey district’s Sdoeung Chey commune.

Ot Cheanggly, Governor of Choeung Prey district said that the governor of Kampong Cham province Un Chanda came to inspect the location of the new landfill.

Nuon Kongsal, director of the provincial department of Environment said the new landfill is far away from residential areas so as to protect people’s health and also to prevent environmental pollution.

“The landfill site was decided after a detailed study was conducted,” he added.

He said Kampong Cham has a 10-hectare landfill in Chamkar Loeu district’s Bos Khnor commune which  is far from the villages.

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