Phnom Penh (FN), July 30 – The Government of US and of Canada have cooperated with Cambodia to investigate the sources of the 83 waste containers importing to Cambodia, according to Ministry of Environment’s spokesperson Neth Pheaktra on Tuesday.

Authority yet confirmed who provided the plastic waste to Chungyuen Company.

According to the joint press release of the Ministry of Environment and the General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia released on 30 July 2019, Chungyuen Company, headed by Cambodian identified as Suon Luk, is responsible for the imports of 83 containers of waste, weighing nearly 1,600 tons, from the United States and Canada into Cambodia.

The spokesperson said that, “the imports of waste are a new challenge for countries in the region, including Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Cambodia. Such issue requires timely actions from customs institution to prevent and obstruct waste imported to the kingdom.”

“Cambodia is not a dumping site for plastic waste and outdated technological items,” he underlined.

It is worth noting that Cambodian Government ordered Chungyuen Company to bring all the waste back to the country of origin; and to pay a fine of over 1,000 million Khmer Riel (over USD 250,000) into the national budget by 24 August 2019.