$9 Million Landfills to Start Operation in Stung Treng and Kratie

wo new landfills will start operation soon. Photo: Ministry of Public works and Transportation.

PHNOM PENH – Two new landfills will start operation “soon”, according to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, in two of Cambodia’s northeastern provinces. They come at a cost of nearly $9 million and are part of a strategy to improve environmental management around the Mekong River.

The landfills, located in Stung Treng and Kratie provinces were completed in 2023 under financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank which aimed at managing waste while improving the quality of life for people in the two provinces. 

The construction of Stung Treng’s landfill began in 2022 and was finished at the end of 2023. The facility covers an area of ​100 hectares in the district of Thala Barivat. The project cost nearly $4 million to be completed.

It can contain nearly 137,000 cubic meters of waste and features four treatment stations and other related infrastructure.

Men Kung, deputy director of Stung Treng provincial administration, said that due to the increasing number of wastes every day, the current landfill could not contain more waste. 

“Previously, there was a landfill in the province, but due to the increasing quantity of waste in Stung Treng city every day, the new landfill was a good solution to keep up,” Kung said. 

“This landfill will help improve aesthetics, hygiene, environment, and health standards in the city. It can contain a lot more waste than the previous one,” he added. 

The Kratie landfill covers a total area of 26.88 hectares and has a budget of $4.9 million. It is located in the Chit Borey district.


Originally written in Khmer for ThmeyThmey, this article was translated by Nhor Sokhoeurn for Cambodianess. 

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