Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has called for investment from private companies in waste-to-energy plants.
In his speech at the weekly cabinet meeting held here this morning and broadcasted live on his social media, mainly Facebook, the Premier ordered the Ministry of Mines and Energy to find private partners to invest in the creation of waste-to-energy plants without importing garbage from other countries.
Regarding garbage issue, Samdech Techo Hun Sen explained his decision to remove the waste collection charges from the electricity bills that if it continues, people will not see the government's effort to reduce subsequently the electricity fees.
Phnom Penh now is bigger that Prague (Czech Republic), Sofia (Bulgaria), and Budapest (Hungary), therefore CINTRI, the company in charge of rubbish collection in Phnom Penh, alone cannot handle the waste collection, he said.
More waste collecting companies are needed to ensure the capital's cleanliness, as well as to create more jobs, he added.
Phnom Penh has been expanded from over 300 square kilometres in late 1990s to the current 600 square kilometres, and rubbish has increased from some 300-500 tonnes to about 3,000 tonnes a day.
Besides, Samdech Techo Hun Sen took the opportunity to announce the increase of minimum salary of civil servants to 1,172,500 Riel (about US$290) from April 2020 onward.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press