Environment Ministry
A container filled with plastic waste at the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port

Ministry Sticks to Trash Containers’ Origin Story After Canada’s Denial

Environment Ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra on Monday reiterated earlier government statements that 83 shipping containers packed with plastic refuse and left at the Sihanoukville port since last year came from the U.S. and Canada — despite Canada saying on Friday that the containers weren’t theirs.

Containers filled with plastic waste at the Sihanoukville port on July 16, 2019

Plastic Waste Shipped Out, but Destination Unclear

The first 14 out of 83 containers of plastic waste imported to the country, supposedly from the U.S. and Canada, have been sent back to their countries of origin, the customs department said.