Almost seven dozen shipping containers sitting in a Cambodian seaport that were found to be filled with plastic waste came from the United States and Canada, the Southeast Asian country’s Environment Ministry said Wednesday.
Ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra said the total weight of the waste found in 83 containers in Sihanoukville, the country’s main port, was 1,600 tons.
Tuesday’s discovery of the waste followed a statement at a Cabinet meeting last week by Prime Minister Hun Sen that Cambodia is not the dumping ground for any kind of waste, and does not allow the import of any kinds of plastic waste or other recyclables.
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