Sihanoukville (FN), July 16 - At least 83 containers of waste were cracked down at the Sihanoukville port, some 230 km west of the capital Phnom Penh.

The inspection, led by port authorities, provincial governor, and the minster of environment, on 16 July led to the discovery of more than 83 containers containing illegal waste from foreign countries.

Ministry of Environment’s spokesman Neth Pheaktra said Tuesday that the ministry and relevant authority is investigating to look for the source of containers in order to send all of them back to the originating location.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen warned that the kingdom does not welcome trash imported from the rich countries under the excuse “for the purpose of incineration for electricity”.

The strongman underlined that the kingdom is not a dumping site for industrial waste of the rich.

The same case also happened to Indonesia on 7 July 2019.

According to the local media, Indonesian authorities at ports discovered more than 80 containers of illegal waste from the United States, Australia and Europe.

“Last month, Malaysia announced it was sending more than 3,000 tons of scrap plastics plastics back to countries including Australia, Canada, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and China. The Philippines took similar action in June, returning dozens of containers of waste deemed illegal back to Canada.”