PHNOM PENH, Mar. 11 (Khmer Times) – The Ministry of Environment will transfer the rights for waste management to Phnom Penh City Hall.
In the press conference on Monday at the Ministry of Environment, the minister, Say Samal, said that the national allotment of over $5 million a year for waste management will also be transferred. “We will transfer the rights to city so it can choose the private companies or contractors to clean up their own city,” Mr. Samal said.
San Chey, the representative of the Civic Alliance for Social Accountability in Cambodia said that it is the environment ministry’s right to transfer obligations. He criticized the transfer because the ministry should have researched city hall’s capacity for waste management before transferring the obligations.
He added that he doesn’t believe that city hall will be able to manage urban waste disposal properly. “The district authorities have no experience in garbage collecting, so I think that what they [the ministry] will face problems and affect the people,” Mr. Chey said.