31st July 2019 -┬áCambodia’s government said today that 1,592 tons of illegally imported plastic waste found earlier this month must be shipped back to the United States and Canada by August 24.

In a joint-statement, the Environment Ministry and the customs department also said locally owned Chungyuen Plastic Manufacture Co. has been fined $250,000 for importing the waste in 83 containers since September 2018.

Most of the waste, or 1,322 tons in 70 containers, came from the United States.

Illegal plastic waste containers in the port at Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Illegal plastic waste containers in the port at Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Prime Minister Hun Sen has declared that Cambodia will not become a dumpsite for waste imported from foreign countries.

Such incidents have been increasing in Southeast Asia since China early last year banned the import of plastic waste, causing waste exporters to scramble for alternative destinations.