City Agrees on Garbage-Processing Survey

As the city’s garbage dump continuous to grow, a Japanese company says there may be a use for Phnom Penh’s gar­bage—turning it into fertilizer.

The Ebara Corporation wants to study the possibility of setting up a waste-processing plant that can turn household trash into fertilizer, said Chan Sokunthea, adviser to Phnom Penh Governor Chea Sophara.

The group will research waste management in the city and the environmental and social impact of building a waste-processing plant, Chan Sokunthea said

The findings will be presented to city officials before the end of No­vember. A sponsor will then be sought to assist the municipality in setting up the processing plant, Governor Chea Sophara said.

The municipality is now negotiating the purchase of 13 hectares of land in the Dangkao district for a new municipal dump which will replace the city’s current dumpsite in the Meanchey district.

Nak Tanavuth, chief of the mu­nicipal international affairs office, said the delegation presented mu­nicipal officials with 76 different types of processing plants to study.

But, despite the Japanese company’s interest in conducting research for the waste-processing plant, it is still too early to say if or when a plant will be built, Nak Tanavuth said.

“This survey is the first step of a long study,” said Nak Tan­avuth. He said no decisions have yet been made on who will build or pay for the plant.

The priority for the municipality is still teaching residents bet­ter ways to dispose of their trash, said Nak Tanavuth, noting that some people still throw house­hold garbage into city streets.

If a waste-processing plant is set up residents will be required to separate their garbage for processing, he added.

“People will have to be responsible and separate their waste plastic, paper, tins cans or glass,” Nak Tanavuth said. “It will not work if people do not understand how to do this.”




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