F RENCH firm Asia Pacific Development (APD) has taken control of the Phnom Penh
Municipality cleaning service, and is now responsible for collecting the city's
garbage and beautifying the environment.
APD President Yannick Mache
said: "APD will temporarily have to use existing garbage trucks and equipment
and repair some of the broken down trucks until new trucks and equipment arrive
from France. I don't know when the new equipment will arrive."
said: "It will take about six months to organize everything, its a big task." He
said the firm would not just concentrate on equipment but also on getting in
French managers and technicians to train Cambodian employees to provide good
Last month APD entered a 25 year contract with the cash
strapped Phnom Penh municipality where APD would take control of the
municipalities garbage collection equipment and 717 employees; APD would earn
money from having the right to charge residents a "reasonable price" for the
collection of garbage, and in return would pay the municipality $55,000 per five
years for this right over the 25-year contract.
Mache said poor
households may get free garbage collection, while middle income households would
be charged $1 per month and collection rates for businesses were yet to be
Mache said: "APD was investing to make profits, while being
conscious of helping the country. We will spend $20 million on equipment and
building garbage dumping facilities and recycling factories."
"APD would pay Cambodian employees enough to cover basic living and would create
a bonus system for those who bear a heavy burden. Employees will be issued with
uniforms and face masks to protect themselves."
Mache, who has made 13
trips to Cambodia, said: "I have a good knowledge of Cambodians, they like
cleanliness, they take baths three times a day. They have discipline and are
eager to learn things, especially when given responsibility."
He said APD
would cooperate with local authorities in every district to coordinate action to
educate residents on garbage disposal.