Sunday, December 4, 2022

Cambodia returns 1,600 tonnes of waste to US, Canada


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

Cambodia will send back 1,600 tonnes of plastic waste found in containers to the United States and Canada, an official said today when South East Asia launched a rampage on the rubbish transfer to the region.

China’s decision to ban foreign plastic scrap imports last year led to a global recycling process to chaos, causing the developed nations to struggle to seek other countries to send their garbage.

The remains are found in large containers in the port city of Sihanoukville and will be sent back to their home country, ministry spokeswoman Neth Pheaktra said.

“Cambodia is not a waste bin for outdated technology,” she said.

Neth Pheaktra  said 70 containers filled with plastic waste were sent from the US while 13 were from Canada.

Picture of the employee checking the containers filled with plastic heaps, raising the anger of Cambodian social media users.

Cambodian Transparency International Executive Director, Preap Kol wrote in Facebook saying that the shipment was “a serious insult.”

Large quantities of rubbish fill the coast of Southeast Asian countries when opposition to managing export waste increases in the region.

This month Indonesia announced that it sent tens of containers of waste to France and other developed countries while Malaysia said in May it sent 450 tonnes of imported plastic scrap back to its source.

Read also: Cambodian court charged Five Chinese nationals on murder and conspiracy

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