All Trash Containers Found in Cambodia Sent Back Home

AKP Phnom Penh, September 17, 2019 —

General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE) of the Ministry of Economy and Finance has confirmed that 83 trash containers found in Cambodia in July were sent back to their origins.

The update was shared through yesterday’s press release from the general department, underlining that all the remaining trash containers were sent off by Sept. 15.

These wastes were imported by a local company called Chungyuen Plastic Manufacture Co., and the firm has been financially penalised with about US$250,000 and ordered to ship back all the trash containers it had brought into the Kingdom.

Those 83 containers were mostly packed with plastic waste and found at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port in mid-July.

The containers had been transported to Cambodia 27 times between September 2018 and January 2019 – while 70 of them (about 1,322 tons) were imported from the United States, the rest (around 270 tons) came from Canada.

According to the government’s investigation, before arriving in Cambodia, the containers passed through the ports of Singapore (22 times), Malaysia (2 times), and Vietnam (3 times).

Tests conducted by the General Department of Customs and Excise confirmed that the imported rubbish did not contain any toxic substance.

Article in Khmer by Bunrith

Article in English by Khan Sophirom