Littering in Eateries: A Dysfunctional Habit among the Phnom Penh Dwellers

Littering in Eateries: A Dysfunctional Habit among the Phnom Penh Dwellers

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Cambodia is of course rather a new country after achieving full peace in 1998 and high economic growth for the last two decades, which has translated into tremendous progress in the areas of poverty reduction, social welfare, and private consumption. Particularly, restaurants or what simply local eateries dispose of more garbage than any other kind of establishment in Phnom Penh since, per a December 2014 study in the Journal of Environment and Waste Management, large restaurants produce 891 kg of waste per week. The study also reveals the capital’s businesses and citizens generate over 1,500 tons of trash daily.

The Garbage Disposal: Phnom Penh’s Persistent Challenge

The Garbage Disposal: Phnom Penh’s Persistent Challenge

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Urbanization has brought a huge flood of job-seekers and increasing city dwellers to reside and work in the capital city Phnom Penh, where factories and businesses are soaring remarkably. Physical infrastructure, such as buildings, roads, schools, hospitals, and markets, has been being built and renovated to cope with the growing population. The capital development struggles amongst emerging municipal issues including traffic congestion and accidents, crimes and particularly stressful waste management. The population growth together with its accumulative consumption of various products and food has resulted in tons of scattering waste in the capital. Despite their effort in dealing with the …

Phnom Penh: Relatively Poor Road Condition with Constant Repair

Phnom Penh: Relatively Poor Road Condition with Constant Repair

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Cambodia is once known to be a war-torn country whose its infrastructure was severely damaged and left behind during decades of chronic civil wars; therefore, the core physical infrastructure, especially road, has been renovated, rebuilt and widened following the rapid economic growth for the last two decades. Despite the tremendous efforts in improving the national-wide road infrastructure, Phnom Penh still witnesses deplorable road condition which are in need of focal attention and remedy. This is because the road construction usually produces two mixed results; it provides short-term better roads following by long-term constant repairs and adjustments.

Insufficient Water Supply Infrastructure in Cambodia: More Investment Required

Insufficient Water Supply Infrastructure in Cambodia: More Investment Required

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Access to clean water is a fundamental right to a human being, but this right is not seen as basic as it should be in Cambodia. Cambodia’s geography suggests it should receive generally predictable rainfall and rich groundwater resources, but people in the rural areas are still struggling in accessing quality water sources. For example, only 5% of the rural population have access to piped water, compared to 55% of the urban population. The rural population still largely depends on rivers, ponds, and streams for water use, while 1.6m of 2.9m of urban dwellers do not have access to clean …

The Lack of Public Space in Phnom Penh City

The Lack of Public Space in Phnom Penh City

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Given the skyrocketing growth of population and rapid expansion of the city, Phnom Penh has witnessed a host of problems, including traffic congestion, pollution, sewage, trash, and the degrading quality of life over the last couple decades. The population in the capital to-date is approximately two million, equivalent to around 14% of the whole population. The population density is 5,343 people per square kilometer, which is much higher than the overall density of 82 people in the country. Phnom Penh’s population growth at 3.9% is also almost three times higher than the country’s population growth at 1.46% per annum.