Two new operators of solid waste collection services will begin operations on July 1 and the old rubbish collectors will be phased out to prevent any transfer of operations hitches, Phnom Penh Municipal Administration has said. Waste removal will cover three areas in 14 districts.
The two new operators will make three rubbish collectors in the capital as CINTRI will continue to provide its services.
In a notice on June 30, the municipal administration said that 800 Super/Global Action for Environment Awareness Public Ltd will provide rubbish collection services to area one covering five districts – Tuol Kork, Russey Keo, Sen Sok, Chroy Changvar and Prek Pnov.
The second operator is the Mizuda Group Co Ltd that will provide collection services in area two that also has five districts - Daun Penh, Prampi Makara, Dangkor, Por Sen Chey and Kamboul.
While the third rubbish collector is CINTRI (Cambodia/Everbright (China)) and will collect rubbish in area three which covers Chamkarmon, Boeung Keng Kang, Meanchey and Chroy Changvar districts.
“When the old operators are replaced with new ones to provide rubbish collection and transportation services, there can be problems in the transition, especially in the areas under the responsibility of the new operators, ” according to the notice.
The municipal administration would like to ask the capital’s residents to package and dispose of rubbish correctly to maintain sanitation and protect the environment and be patient if any glitches occur in the first rubbish collection.
Phnom Penh resident Pov Dara expects that the services provided by the three companies will see rubbish collection problems occur less as he believes, “Previously, we had only had CINTRI (Cambodia) Ltd. Now, we have the two other rubbish collectors, so we have competition ... When there is the competition, I think that it will be better than before.”
In addition to improvement in rubbish collection, Dara hoped that the competition will provide a lot of benefits to collectors as they will have more incentive to perform their work better.
Along with the announcement by the new operators, LVMC Holding (Cambodia) Co Ltd on June 29 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Environment regarding environmental protection cooperation and rubbish collection trucks in Cambodia.
Chea Sina, director general of the General Department of Environmental Protection, said that the MoU signing was to establish cooperation between both sides to strengthen rubbish management in downtown Phnom Penh and also buy and supply rubbish collection trucks.
He added that both sides had also worked to promote sanitation, beauty, the environment, domestic products and even encouraged people to love the country.
LVMC Holding (Cambodia) Co Ltd is the exclusive distributor of SsangYong vehicles in Cambodia and provides rubbish collection trucks assembled in Cambodia, transfer technologies as well as skills in assembling trucks. The company is also responsible for supplying spare parts, warrants and repair services.