Representatives from 11 provincial environment departments received garbage collection trucks at a ceremony presided over by Say Samal, the Minister of Environment, and Mikami Massahiro, the Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia. No fewer than 15 trucks were distributed, 10 of which were donated by the Japanese mission.
The garbage trucks will assist in the collection and transfer of solid garbage in 15 cities/districts in 11 provinces including Kampong Chhnang, Banteay Meanchey, Koh Kong, Kampong Speu, Kep, Takeo, Stung Treng, Svay Rieng, Pursat, Preah Sihanouk , and Siem Reap province.
It will also ensure timely removal of dirt from neighborhoods ensuring sustainability in solid waste management.
Choy Bunly, provincial director of Takeo’s environment department, said Takeo has nine districts and one city and the province needs more facilities for waste collection and transportation.
He added, “Now we have three more waste collection trucks and I would like to thank HE Say Samal, Minister of Environment, and Mikami Massahiro, Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia.”
Sun Kong, director of the environment department of Siem Reap province, said that although the city has a company that regularly collects and transports waste, some districts, including Varin, Puok and Svay Loeu, do not do not have it.
“We are also working on a proposal to get more garbage collection trucks, and Siem Reap has three garbage collection trucks so far,” he added.
Neth Pheaktra, spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment, said the initiative provides more support at the district/city level, to have sufficient means to collect garbage in their cities and areas.
He added that the Environment Ministry provided five of the 15 trucks, while the Japanese Embassy donated 10.
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