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Breaking: Fourteen rubbish-filled containers returned

Breaking: Fourteen rubbish-filled containers returned

Chungyuen Plastic Manufacture Co Ltd has returned 14 containers of plastic waste found at the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port last month to their countries of origin. It also paid a $250,000 fine, the General Department of Customs and Excise said on Friday.

The company had, as of Saturday, paid the more than one billion riel ($250,000) fine into the national budget for illegally importing the waste, as well as docking and shipping fees.

It transported the 14 containers on Tuesday, the General Department of Customs and Excise added.

The company, owned by Cambodian businessman Suon Lok, has requested the return of the remaining containers be delayed until October.

“Bad weather has caused a backlog at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, so Chungyuen Plastic Manufacture has requested that the deadline for returning the remaining 69 containers to their countries of origin be put back to October 25,” the General Department of Customs and Excise said.

The government late last month gave the firm the Saturday deadline to transport the 83 rubbish-filled containers back to the US and Canada.

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