Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - New rubbish bins installed on Phnom Penh's riverside



New rubbish bins installed on Phnom Penh's riverside

A newly installed rubbish bin sits on Phnom Penh's riverside yesterday. Nick Sells
A newly installed rubbish bin sits on Phnom Penh's riverside yesterday. Nick Sells

New rubbish bins installed on Phnom Penh's riverside

One hundred new Chinese-funded rubbish bins are being installed along Phnom Penh’s riverside, officials said yesterday.

“We started installing them a few days ago. Today we put in 19 bins, but there will be 100 in total,” said Kouch Chamroeun, governor of Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district, adding that there will be separate bins for dry and wet rubbish.

The bins were given to the city by the Xicheng district of Beijing, Chamroeun said. The district governor visited Xicheng district last year, and said he had a good relationship with his counterpart there, leading to the donation of new bins – valued at about $209 each.

“The rubbish bins look nice and we hope they will help people classify the rubbish as dry and wet,” Chamroeun said.

The decision to install the bins was unrelated to criticisms during the recent Water Festival that a shortage of rubbish bins had caused excessive littering, he added.

Authorities also came under fire for viral images appearing to show workers sweeping the litter directly into the river.

“Actually, I had received those bins before the Water Festival . . . because I knew there could never be enough,” he added. “But I didn’t install them during the Water Festival because I thought they’d get broken.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Locations shut, dozens more Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health has closed 23 locations in connection with the February 20 community transmission of Covid-19 and summoned for testing anyone who had direct contact with affected people and places. The number of discovered related infections has risen to 76, including 39 women. In a press release,

  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said

  • PM confirms third Covid-19 community transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on February 20 announced the Kingdom's third outbreak of Covid-19 community transmission after 32 people tested positive in just over 10 hours. Addressing the public from his residence after an emergency meeting, Hun Sen said: "I dub it February 20 Community Event, in which 32 cases

  • Cambodia to make auto-rickshaws

    Locally-assembled electric auto-rickshaws could hit the Cambodian market as soon as early in May after the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) gave the greenlight to an investment project at the weekend. According to a CDC press release, it will issue a final registration