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Turning trash into treasure

On July 9, Trash to Treasure was launched to clean up three areas in Phnom Penh – the vicinity around Exchange Square Mall, Wat Phnom and part of Sisowath Quay. “The city has been experiencing challenges in waste management with the rise of commercial establishments and construction sites within the city. That is why we were delighted when Exchange Square decided to kick off their opening by clearing up the areas around their establishment and other tourist spots,” said event manager Romane Lelandais. The initiative is part of a larger programme in which local artists will use the collected trash in a contest, which will challenge them to redefine what constitutes art. The participating artists will receive cash, mall vouchers and art materials. Entries will be displayed in Exchange Square. Located in central Phnom Penh on the corner of streets 106 and 51, Exchange Square mall comprises 16 floors of office space and a four-floor lifestyle mall including fashion, dining, and accessories. Photos by Hong Menea