Phnom Penh (FN), Sep. 11 – Representatives from concerned sectors including public, private, and development partners met today at a consultation workshop to discuss findings from the first ever Solid Waste Management (SWM) Market Assessment in Rural Cambodia.

“The results showed that food waste was the highest waste generated by households in the surveyed areas, making up about 50-60% of the total waste, followed by plastic waste (9-15%). Waste generated annually by households in the Kampong Chhnang, Pursat and Siem Reap was estimated at 125, 331, and 316 tons, respectively. A majority of these wastes entered the Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia, posing risk to ecosystems, particularly rivers, lakes, and ocean, while threatening the livelihoods of communities relying on these ecosystems for their food and income,” according to the press release seen by Fresh News on Monday (Sep. 11).

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