The Mystery of Trash Mountain

Wednesday 8 Sept 2010 

Well, I’m back in Phnom Penh, and I’ve just done my first three classes of paid teaching at a new university. Hopefully some paid work will keep body, soul and bank account together and support the volunteering. I’ve noticed a few more odd things here. On a couple of street corners the residents have taken to piling their rubbish in the middle the side road just on the brink of a T intersection. In other words, if you are driving down the main road you don’t run over the pile of junk, but if you are turning into or out of the smaller side road, you have to drive around this big pile of garbage. I don’t know if they got sick of the amount of junk in their street, or if they are protesting at the city council rubbish collection not collecting from their street or what. (There actually is some kind of municipal rubbish collection here, but small amounts of general litter just stay where they are unless some recyclable collector finds them worthwhile collecting. The recycle collector guys mostly seem to go for plastic bottles, since everyone here drinks bottled water. Other trash just stays where it’s dumped.

I’ll try to follow the same route home from university each night, and see what happens to the trash mountain.

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About Richard A Snow

I studied Economics at La Trobe University (getting a BEcHons and MEc). I was writing for newspapers, mostly on personal finance, from 1997 to 2006, part-time, while working as an Economist at Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance, and later as an Associate Lecturer at La Trobe university. I have a stock of older, published newspaper articles at http://richardsnownewspaperarticles.wordpress.com
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2 Responses to The Mystery of Trash Mountain

  1. residentjudge says:

    So are you teaching English at the university too? How does the university system work over there?

  2. Barb Sack says:

    Hi there
    At last I finally got a chance to read all the way through your blog from beginning to end. What a great experience you’re having, even if it’s not all pleasant. You’ll have tales to tell for years to come. Glad to hear you got the paid teaching job. It sounds like you’re keeping pretty busy now, between that, the volunteer job, the treks with the group you joined and now daily exercise. Have you had time to start planning the book that will use all this great background info?

    Stay well and safe. Hope you can make it to SCWC in Feb, if you’re not still in PP – or even if you are.

    Barb

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