Cambodia takes tough measures to curb plastic waste imports

Phnom Penh – Cambodia has taken tough measures to curb illegal imports of plastic waste after the Southeast Asian nation found 83 containers filled with the waste at its seaport last month, officials have said.

Environment Ministry Secretary of State and Spokesman Neth Pheaktra said on Tuesday that Cambodia is not a dustbin where foreign countries can dispose of plastic waste or other out-of-date e-waste.

“To prevent the illegal imports of plastic waste and other types of hazardous waste in the future, our authorities, especially customs officers, will be extra-vigilant in checks and will strengthen cooperation with other countries in the region through information sharing,” he told Xinhua.

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