August 11, 2008

Cambodian Company Plans to Produce Organic Fertilizer From Garbage

Cambodian company plans to produce organic fertilizer from garbage

PHNOM PENH, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Cintri, the firm charged with the mammoth task of collecting the capital's garbage, has unveiled plans to recycle Phnom Penh's mountains of trash into organic fertilizer, but city dwellers themselves will need to pitch in, the Mekong Times reported Friday.

"People will need to start sorting their garbage into specific categories before this plan can start," Seng Chamroeun, the firm's deputy director, was quoted as saying.

Cintri will soon begin combing the refuse piles at Stung Meanchey landfill site for appropriate organic waste, he added.

"We want to make a large quantity of compost to supply farmers. In addition, we can reduce garbage pile ups," Seng Chamroeun said, stressing that cooperation from authorities and citizens is essential to ensure the strategy is a success.

Fertilizer prices peaked this year at three times their cost in 2007, with about half of Cambodia's estimated two million farmers adversely affected by the price rise, according to the Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture.

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