Monday Feb 24th, 2014 by COMPED Waste Management

Phnom Penh: A study tour of the delegation from Battambang city to Phnom Penh Municipality was organized by COMPED - Waste Management Projects Group under the umbrella of Cambodian Education and Waste Management Organization (COMPED) for 2 days on 19th-20th September 2013 included a half day workshop with discussion among participants and direct on-site explanation by the central market operator. It is within the main goal of MRV project to promote waste separation at source in Battambang city in order to turn waste into resource, to reduce waste amount to dumpsite for improving climate friendly waste management practice and to reduce GHG’s emission from Battambang city dumpsite.

The objectives of this study tour are i) to create closer relation among the working stakeholders; ii) to overview solid waste management at Central Market (Phsar Thom Thmey ) and Boeng Keng Kang Market (Phsar Boeng Keng Kang) presented by the representative from the Municipality of Phnom Penh in cooperation with the market investor; iii) to learn the practices of the cleanness of the market and proper waste management of the vendors; iv) to get the linkage between the hygiene and sanitation impact to tourism and iv) to lead the perspective to apply the learning-by-doing experiences from Central Market to strengthen the actual implementation of waste management at Boeng Chhouk Market.

There were 20 Battambang participants attended the study tour: 4 person from Battambang city administrative including vice governor of Battambang city and vice Sangkat chief; 1 person from Provincial Department of Environment; 1 person from COMPED and 14 person from Boeng Chhouk market including a market representative, market vendors, cleaners, a police at the market, and a security guard. 



During the workshop of the study tour, the delegation was warm appreciated at the Central Market and have chance to learn on the background of Central Market, Market Development, Waste management and Environmental Protection there. Moreover, they have also been shared another market waste management experience of Boeng Keng Kang market on Market Infrastructure, Solid Waste Management and Sanitation. The participants have enough time to deeply discuss on the successful factors in the market waste management from both markets including motivation mechanism, punishment mechanism and market renovation mechanism.

Visiting Central market

After the workshop presentation and discussion on solid waste management by Phsar Thom Thmey and Phsar Boeng Keng Kan, the delegation accompanied by the participants from Central Market including the market committee, vendor representative chiefs and vice chiefs and market officers have visited the central market:

  • Solid waste and wastewater management at the individual stores: Each stores have their own baskets; the market provided mobile waste barrels and small waste baskets at the main gate; wastewater removal from solid waste and information signs to drop waste into waste bins at the cafeteria’s stores; drying the floor with cleaning tool; and water flow from the seafood pan is collected by containers
  • Vendor participation: The vendors and the market committees have good relationship.
  • Pattern of waste collection system in the market was based on waste baskets from the stores, blue waste barrels/bins, waste carts and final disposal into a waste container at the market’s waste storage area, where also has good sanitation and cleanness.

All in all, it would take time to change the people behaviour on solid waste management, it needs to gradually integrate into the society for their awareness on the benefits and impact of waste management for their society and the environment, especially for the next, next generation.


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