‘Cambodia Is Not a Dustbin.’ More Plastic Waste to Be Sent Back to the US and Canada

19-Jul-2019 Intellasia | Time | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Cambodia announced that it will send 1,600 tonnes of plastic waste back to the US and Canada, becoming the latest Southeast Asian country join the backlash against taking in the developed world’s trash.

The country’s environment minister said 83 shipping containers of garbage were found Tuesday at Cambodia’s main port in Sihanoukville, according to the Guardian. Seventy of the containers came from the US and 13 were shipped from Canada.

“Cambodia is not a dustbin where foreign countries can dispose of out-of-date e-waste, and the government also opposes any import of plastic waste and lubricants to be recycled in this country,” Neth Pheaktra, a spokesman for the country’s environment minister, said according to the Guardian.



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