Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Waste incineration increase result of better sanitation

Waste incineration increase result of better sanitation

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Residents of Rovieng commune in Takeo province’s Samrong district make use of the district’s waste collection services. FB

Waste incineration increase result of better sanitation

Authorities in Takeo province’s Samrong district said at least five tonnes of rubbish are collected each day and burned in incinerators north of Phnom Chisor as efforts continue to educate people in the community on sanitation and the payment of waste collection fees.

District governor Ket Mao said on April 6 that rubbish has been transported to the incinerator located 6km north of the mountain daily since the beginning of January 2022.

He said the Ministry of Environment had provided another rubbish collection truck in early January after providing four trucks last year.

The dump sites were originally in Khvav, Boeung Tranh Kang Choeung and BoeungTranh Kang Tbong communes along National Road 3. But now the locations have been expanded to some parts of National Road 2 in the same district.

“We’re burning at least five tonnes of waste every day because Samrong district has development projects such as factories, shops, growing population, resorts and other sources which all create a lot of rubbish,” he said.

He added that the district authorities have been continuing to educate people about community hygiene and sanitation so that they better understand and help maintain environmental cleanliness by paying rubbish collection fees which they often seem reluctant to do.

“We also do not want to force them to do it because at this stage that isn’t possible. So we just spread the word about it through education,” he said.

Heng Yonkura, executive director of the Community Sanitation and Processing Organisation, said on April 6 that his group had encouraged the collection of rubbish in the communes and districts for a long time but the authorities lacked funds, though it was a good sign that they were able to do it now.

However, he said that although incineration was a solution, it was an imperfect one because the ash can flow back into rivers, lakes, canals, and the sea if not stored properly, especially in the rainy season.

“It will flow ... and then penetrate the soil so it can be more damaging than solid rubbish because it also contains mercury once we burn it down to ash,” he said.

Ket Mao said that before the environment ministry installed the incinerator, they had already inspected the environmental impacts. The ministry said the incinerator must be at least 1.5km away from any schools or hospitals.

“But now, if we measure the distance, it is up to 6km from the schools and more than 7km from a pagoda. If we compare distances to residential houses, it is more than 3km. So we don’t think it will harm the environment,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Typhoon Noru brings flash floods – 16 dead

    An official warned that that the 16th typhoon of the season, Noru, had brought heavy rains to areas the Mekong River and flooded thousands of homes in the provinces bordering Thailand. As of September 27, the death toll from the flooding had risen to 16. National Committee

  • Siem Reap drain canal now ‘mangrove’ promenade

    A more than half a kilometre long stretch of canal in Siem Reap has been covered and turned into a promenade to attract visitors, said Ly Rasmey, secretary of state at the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, on September 16. The new pedestrianised

  • Angkor wildlife, aquarium park still to open October

    The Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium complex about 30km southeast of Siem Reap town with initial total investment of more than $70 million is reportedly still on track for an end-October opening. The park is located on a 100ha plot along National Road 6 in Kbon village, Khchas

  • Defence minister reaffirms Kingdom’s staunch support for One-China policy

    Minister of National Defence General Tea Banh has reaffirmed Cambodia’s unwavering support for the One-China policy. Tea Banh was speaking at the September 20 ceremonial handover of 117 vehicles and other military equipment donated by China’s defence ministry, held at Phnom Chumreay International Military Training

  • Deaths due to ‘lifestyle’ diseases rise in Kingdom

    The Ministry of Health has called on people to pay closer attention to their health to protect themselves from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which it said have caused high rates of deaths in the country. Ministry secretary of state York Sambath made the call at a

  • Textile industry minimum wage now $200

    The official minimum wage for workers in textile-related sectors including garment, footwear, and travel goods for 2023 was pegged at $198, with Prime Minister Hun Sen stepping in to add $2 to the total, making it $200 per month. The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training made the announcement