Efficient and effective trash collection has been a major public health concern in Phnom Penh for decades, but is expected to get worse due to continued urban expansion, and a population which is expected to hit the three million mark before 2017. Poorly managed trash collection attracts vermin, and causes disease to spread. It even reduces property value and impacts tourism. CINTRI – a private trash collection service – has had a monopoly in Phnom Penh since being contracted by the Government in 2002, but residents are sceptical that they can make (and keep) the city clean: “public expectations… have grown and developed beyond what the current model is able to provide”. Residents have been dissatisfied by CINTRI’s efforts since the start, but CINTRI claim they are “not to blame for the capital’s trash-strewn streets” and that the government is using them as a cover for their own inefficiencies. Nevertheless, CINTRI’s contract was reviewed and renewed in May 2016. The private firm held a target of achieving a “sustainable trash collection system” by 2015, but as this report displays, it is apparent this target was not met.
Facts and Figures #31: A review of 147 Trash Sites between 2014 and 2016 in Phnom Penh
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Contact for more information:
Mr. Soeung Saran, Executive Director of Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT)
Tel: 089 666 013
Mr. Isaac Daniels, Program Adviser of Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT)