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Ministries, 2 provinces talk waste management

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Cintri workers collect rubbish in Chak Angre Krom commune of Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district on Monday. Hean Rangsey

Ministries, 2 provinces talk waste management

The Ministry of Interior’s General Department of Administration co-chaired a two-day online meeting from August 16-17 with two provincial administrations on identifying locations for landfills, while the Ministry of Environment continues to assist sub-national administrations in procedures to manage urban solid waste.

Prak Sam Oeun, head of the general department, met with representatives of the Kandal and Siem Reap provincial administrations on August 16-17 to discuss potential sites for solid waste landfills and improving management of the World Bank’s plastic waste project.

The meeting was attended by Kandal governor Kong Sophorn, Siem Reap governor Tea Seiha and town and district administration representatives of the two provinces, leaders and specialists of the general department and a World Bank technical team.

“This project has not yet been approved by the World Bank. We have just prepared some preliminary work,” Prak Sam Oeun told The Post on August 17.

With the project, the environment ministry continues to support sub-national administrations by training and equipping officials to effectively and efficiently manage solid waste in the capital, provinces and local areas.

Environment ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra said the ministry had provided technical training to local officials and offered sub-national administrations ownership of solid waste management in their respective areas to improve the quality of the environment and participate in sustainable socio-economic development.

“After the environment ministry’s intervention, we have observed that four sub-national administrations have been implementing policies on urban solid waste management, including Banteay Srei district in Siem Reap province, Prey Veng town and Svay Ontor district in Prey Veng province, and O’Reang-ou district in Tbong Khmum province,” he said.

He said Sihanoukville and Prey Nop districts in Preah Sihanouk province; Anlong Veng district in Oddar Meanchey province; Snuol district in Kratie province; and Pech Chreada district in Mondulkiri province are moving toward managing solid waste effectively in the near future.

Pheaktra called on people to properly pack rubbish and sort it according to its type to avoid littering, which affects the beauty and comfort of society.

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