Waste startups and entrepreneurship tackle Cambodia’s growing trash problem
n a remote road in Battambang, Cambodia, 38-year-old Lam Samphors was driving to a community training when he came across a strikingly large pile of trash in the middle of the road. As he hit the brakes and gazed upon the mountain of garbage, Samphors knew he had to do something.
“I felt ashamed on behalf of these waste throwers,” Samphors said of Cambodian citizens who routinely litter by the road.
“I asked people in my community why they throw out their trash without organising it,” Samphors said. “They told me it was because there is no waste landfill, and no waste collection service like in the city.”