Airline tax to help clean up Cambodia

Airline tax to help clean up Cambodia

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Source: KhmerTimes

The government is looking at ways to tackle Cambodia’s waste problem with a $1 charge on airline tickets touted to raise the cash.

The move comes after footage emerged showing the capital’s canals remain clogged with rubbish a year after video of the pollution was shown around the world.

More damning evidence of waste mishandling surfaced during the Water Festival, with a video of street-cleaning contractors sweeping rubbish into the Tonle Sap river.

Now, the Environment Ministry wants to take $1 from every air ticket bought in Cambodia to go towards maintaining the environment.

Environment Minister Say Samal …

House collapses into river, others removed

House collapses into river, others removed

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One home collapsed into the Tonle Bassac river on Saturday in Kandal’s Sa’ang district, while two others are at risk of collapse and eight others had to be dismantled and moved across the road, away from the riverbank, officials said yesterday.

Ministry of Mines and Energy officials inspected the area, which is near where a local company is sand dredging, though one suggested dredging was not the cause.

Raka Khpos commune police chief Khun Narith said the affected families’ homes had been relocated to safety to prevent them falling into the river as well. Two others face a risk of …

Documentary reflects Cambodia’s battle with plastic

Documentary reflects Cambodia’s battle with plastic

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In celebration of World Water Day on Wednesday, the US embassy held the Cambodian premiere of the US documentary “A Plastic Ocean” – an award-winning documentary on the impact of plastic waste around the world – at Aeon Mall’s Major Cineplex.

The film, shot in more than 20 countries, documents the devastating effects of plastic pollution on the Earth’s environment, ranging from micro-plastics in the oceans affecting wildlife to the waste effects on human populations in poverty-stricken areas.

US Ambassador William Heidt told the audience the world needed to act bilaterally in order to address the problem, with estimates that

Garbage Disposal Discussed

Garbage Disposal Discussed

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Source: Khmer Times

The second national workshop on better waste management was held in the capital this week to discuss and finalize a strategy to deal with Cambodia’s less-than-effective methods of garbage disposal.

Officials from the Ministry of Environment met with the Japan-based Institute of Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) as well as the UN’s International Environmental Technology Center to discuss and finalize an action plan.

As Cambodia’s growth continues to escalate, its production of waste has followed suit, with current methane emissions from landfill sites across Cambodia’s four major cities being estimated as high as 360,000 tons of CO2 equivalent …

Sweden’s recycling is so revolutionary, the country has run out of rubbish

Sweden’s recycling is so revolutionary, the country has run out of rubbish

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Sweden’s recycling is so revolutionary, the country has to import rubbish from other countries to keep its recycling plants going.

Sweden is so good at recycling that, for several years, it has imported rubbish from other countries to keep its recycling plants going. Less than 1 per cent of Swedish household waste was sent to landfill last year or any year since 2011.

We can only dream of such an effective system in the UK, which is why we end up paying expensive transport costs to send rubbish to be recycled overseas rather than paying fines to send it to …

City aims to address market’s trash problem

City aims to address market’s trash problem

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Source: Phnom Penh Post

City Hall yesterday held a meeting with trash-collection companies and district authorities to address the longstanding garbage problem at the capital’s Phsar Doeum Kor Market in Tuol Kork district.

The body said it had received multiple complaints from nearby residents over the accumulation of trash near the market, which sees large amounts of agricultural products delivered from the provinces.

While city officials could not be reached, Ith Chenda, manager at waste-collection firm Cintri, said his firm was not in charge of collecting garbage at the site, calling it a ‘white zone’.

He added that City Hall …