Most businesses seem keen to participate in the clean-up campaign, an initiative that was also encouraged by the governor Khim Bun Song.
But some businesses still defile public areas by disposing their rubbish on riverbank land and pathways along the river.
A prime example is the stretch of riverside on Achasva Street, aka River Road, between the Samdech Tep Vong Street bridge and the Street 25 bridge. Most of this stretch is in superb condition and maintained by three hotels in the strip, the relatively new Angkor Sayana Hotel and Spa, the City River Hotel, and the Bopha Angkor Hotel and Restaurant.
The latter two hotels have sort of “colonised” the river bank so that guests can sit there and take in marvellous river views. But both hotels have their staff out most mornings sweeping the areas and removing any trash.
But just down from the City River hotel and over the road from some restaurant-bars, is a section of pathway that is used as a rubbish dump, presumably by restaurants on the other side of the road.
Rubbish is dumped in a small bin that’s always overflowing, and in plastic bags, but also at times rubbish is just thrown directly onto the pathway. The plastic bags also are often split open by dogs and scavengers. This creates an ugly and unhealthy eyesore – often rotting food smells and attracts flies and at times surges with maggots. Broken glasses and glass bottles are also dumped here. Rats can occasionally be seen darting in and out of the mess.
Insider is unsure about exactly who dumps rubbish here but one evening Insider did spot a kitchen staffer, dressed in a white rubber apron and boots, emerge from Molopor Café with a bucket of kitchen slops and simply throw the contents onto the mess that was already piled on the pathway. At times the rotten food filth gets onto the roadway itself.
The rubbish service does collect here – but only the contents of the bin and plastic bags are removed, never the rubbish strewn all over the place and hence the area is never clean..