UNIDO in partnership with the Ministry of Environment (MoE) have been implementing a regional project to create resource efficient waste management systems to reduce U-POPs emissions through the introduction of Best Available Techniques (BATs) and Best Environmental Practices (BEPs) in open burning sources. For Cambodia, the project aims to increase the capacity and efficiency of the existing plastic recycling and organic waste composting facilities in Battambang. The project focuses on procuring equipment to make the operation of the plant more efficient, provide technical advice and support the municipality in developing an action plan for door-to-door collection of recyclables, making use of the newly built Material Recovery facility (MRF).
Battambong Province in cooperation with the MoE and UNIDO will carry out activities related to the improvement of the composting activities and development of a plan in the application of the BATs/BEPs in reducing dioxins and furans. For the effective implementation of the project, private sectors/entities are encouraged to be involved as partners on their existing activities which includes proper management of wastes.
Effective waste recycling is part of urban municipal solid waste management. Organic wastes coming from the public markets are part of the municipal waste to be managed. COMPED, a non-government organization, has been selected to have a cooperative agreement with the local government of Battambong to enforce specific activities in the solid waste management plan as part of the commitment to the Stockholm Convention in the reduction of U-POPs from open burning activities. In relation to this, UNIDO has sponsored equipment in promoting compost recycling. The composting equipment has been received by COMPED and is now using the technology moving forward.
The technology that has been transferred by the project and the infrastructure built in Battambang have been a huge help in the improvement of the situation with respect to solid waste in the Province. The technology has been continually expanding in terms of scope. Organic waste extraction from various sources such as vegetable markets, coconut traders, sugar cane juice among others has been utilized already through the technology. Compost production activity has been steadily increasing which has reduced the amount of waste being dumped in the landfill.
Slate 1. Branches and twigs being processed in the shredding machine
Slate 2. Compost pile conversion using the turning machine
Slate 3. Trommel screen in the new warehouse facility for the segregation of organic and inorganic wastes