CITY Hall has collected more than 9 million riels (US$2,148) in fines since a crackdown on littering began in May, an official said yesterday.
Chiek Ang, director of the municipal Environment Department, said most of the fees, collected between May 1 and July 31, had been paid by people caught littering in marketplaces.
“Now we see markets are clean without rubbish on the walkways,” but it would take some time for many people to get used to using the rubbish bins that municipal officials had ordered installed around markets in the capital, he said.
“We want to change the habits of residents who used to litter to use trash bins,” he said. “We have to educate people more.”
Phnom Penh Governor Kep Chuktema in April authorised police to collect fines of 10,000 riels from people caught littering in public, beginning May 1.