Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Waste management plan proves effective during pared-down Water Festival holiday

Waste management plan proves effective during pared-down Water Festival holiday

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
People enjoying the final day of the Water Festival holiday near the riverside area in the capital’s Chroy Changvar district on Saturday. Hong Menea

Waste management plan proves effective during pared-down Water Festival holiday

The Ministry of Environment praised the improvement in waste management in public places and resort areas this year during the Water Festival while acknowledging that more work in the area of rubbish disposal in Cambodia still remains.

“We do not have comprehensive figures on waste disposal for the three days, just an overall assessment that we have received from regional and provincial sources that solid waste management was well done and citizens were also involved through volunteering,” ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra told The Post on November 21.

He also mentioned that waste management in public areas and resorts had achieved better than expected results due to the participation in efforts to manage waste by agencies from the ministry and the relevant local authorities.

However, Pheaktra said that while many parts of the country showed improvements this year there were still some people who were improperly disposing of rubbish.

According to the Ministry of Tourism’s report, during the Water Festival more than 900,000 tourists were active including 899,869 citizens and 10,281 resident foreigners. Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Preah Sihanouk provinces saw the largest groups of tourists.

Khim Finan – the governor of Banteay Srei district which has been pitched as a model for waste management – told The Post on November 21 that volume of rubbish there increased threefold as tourist numbers swelled in the district from November 18 to 20.

He said the increase was due to the large number of tourists visiting the district, while on a normal day the rubbish collected is usually about 10 tonnes per day.

However, Finan claimed that despite the increase in the amount of rubbish, tourists had disposed of it properly, while only a small number of people littered.

“For me, the rubbish that is scattered is much less than before because our area is already clean and we have community workers waiting to clean up. If we don’t have workers, the clean places will become dirty and it will make visitors think that these places are rubbish dumps,” he said.

Finan still urged citizens to pack their used rubbish and dispose of it properly without leaving it out in the open, which is harmful to the environment and health.

According to a report from the environment ministry, the total amount of waste generated in Cambodia per day is more than 10,000 tonnes, which is equivalent to nearly four million tonnes per year, with 65 per cent of waste organic, 20 per cent is plastic bags and the rest is solids and other waste.

On November 19, the ministry released a short educational video calling on people to organise trips without using plastic. The ministry advised people to change their habits by using reusable equipment instead.


  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “

  • Chinese firms unveil preliminary results on metro, monorail for capital

    Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol and representatives from China Road and Bridge Corp (CRBC) and its parent company, the state-owned China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC), met on June 24 for talks on results of the firms’ preliminary study on a potential metro

  • ACLEDA, WU to enable global money transfers

    Cambodia's largest commercial bank by total assets ACLEDA Bank Plc and global money transfer firm Western Union (WU) have partnered to offer customers cross-border money transfers to 200 countries via “ACLEDA mobile” app. In Channy, president and group managing director of ACLEDA, said the June 22 agreement

  • Cambodia detects new Covid cases after 52 days: PM

    After 52 days of zero new Covid-19 cases, Cambodia has now detected new infections, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen. In his special audio address to the nation late on June 28, Hun Sen said the new cases were detected on people who had undergone PCR tests

  • Higher education leaders tour US

    With support from the US Department of State, 10 Cambodian leaders in higher education participated in the 10-day International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP) in three US states from June 19 to July 1. They included nine university rectors and directors of higher education institutions who are members of

  • Gold-covered boundary stone found within Angkor Thom’s West Gate

    The Apsara National Authority (ANA) announced that their working group in charge of restoration work at Angkor Thom's Takav Gate or the West Gate recently found an ancient stone slab commonly known as a boundary stone. The boundary stone is 53 cm by 53 cm and 12 cm