It is with great dismay that I discovered that the magnificent Tonle Sap River
is used as a site of refuse disposal by the people who clean the public areas in
front of the river.
Organic matter such as coconut husks and banana leaves will eventually be digested
by the forces of nature. However, plastic bags are thrown into the river in the thousands
on a daily basis. These are not only unsightly but are a danger to fisheries and
bird life, and will inevitably circulate in the water systems of Cambodia for an
uncountable number of years.
Surely, the city authorities could arrange for the safe disposal of this rubbish,
and in the process create useful employment, a sense of civic pride, and enhance
this otherwise charming and attractive Phnom Penh.
- Larry Speight, Phnom Penh.