Cambodian officials announced on Wednesday that they were sending 1600 tonnes of trash to their source – the United States and Canada.
A total of 83 sea containers of plastic waste were unveiled on Tuesday in the largest southwest port of Sihanoukville, said Net Pheaktra, State Secretary and spokesman for the Ministry of the Environment.
Containers opened by customs and excise officers were labeled as "recyclable products" without labels of plastic waste, Fectra said.
The Customs Ministry is currently investigating how the containers have reached Cambodia and which companies or groups are behind the import. If they are found, they will be fined and sent to the court, said Féctor. Meanwhile, the federal government will begin the garbage back-up process in the US and Canada.
"Cambodia is not a garbage can where foreign countries can dispose of obsolete electronic waste and the government is also opposed to imports of plastic waste and lubricants that will be recycled in that country," said Fheactra. an incident in the global rubbish crisis in which e-waste, plastics, and other waste from predominantly Western countries are shipped to the southeast