A senior Phnom Penh municipal official said the disposal, sorting and collection of waste in the capital have improved thanks to competition between three companies to provide services – and the participation of residents.

Municipal deputy governor Nuon Pharath made the remarks while accepting delivery of new rubbish bins from Coca-Cola Cambodia Beverage at Hun Sen park in Chamkarmon district's Tonle Bassac commune on February 23.

“The participation of the private sector and the public is the effort that the Phnom Penh Municipal Administration wants to see happen. We want to make sure that people understand about waste and can properly separate it for collection.

"This is already starting to improve the cleanliness of our city, and we expect it to improve even further,” he said.

The company provided 50 rubbish stations, or 150 bins, to the municipal hall for installation at appropriate locations around the capital.

Pharath said Phnom Penh currently has three waste collectors competing to collect waste in their respective zones. Their competition had led directly to an increase in the quality of waste management – improving the quality of the environment and the beauty of Phnom Penh, he added.

He also called on the public and private sectors to join with the administration to enhance waste management.