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Keeping the environment around Royal Palace clean

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Young people collecting garbage in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Photograph: Phnom Penh Post

Once the news about King Father Norodom Sihanouk's death spread, many people from different provinces gathered together in front of the Royal Palace to pray and mourn the late King.

However crowded, few littered the area.

Miss Oum Chantevy, 23, is ABC Cambodia Radio general manager as well as ABC team leader, one of the youth groups involved in garbage collection activities.

She noticed that in the past, crowds converging for an event could generate large amount of rubbish.

“When we provide food and water to people, we have a responsibility to collect it back and not just leave the plastic or waste all over without control. If the rubbish lay in all places, it seems like we all just walk on it and we also feel embarrassed to foreign visitors at the Royal Palace.”

During the garbage collection activities, Miss Tevy and her group also made a suggestion and asked Centry Company for help.

“Since there is a massive amount of rubbish, we need containers so we asked Centry Company's help and got one big garbage bin.”

Then, Miss Chantevy’s youth group continuously offered support to collect trash around the compound in order to maintain a clean environment.

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