A visit to the old garbage dump at Stung Meanchey is part of the cultural training for our students on service-learning. In the past 3 days, I have taken 100 students and staff to the garbage dump and the slum around it, in 4 different batches. Because the government stopped dumping fresh garbage here, the mountain has subsided, and grass started to grow over it, turning the mountain into a low-lying, green-covered hill. But some people still dump garbage here illegally.
I took the students out to the middle of the dumping ground. Standing on old garbage, and circling a pile of freshly-dumped garbage, we explained to the students why clear, heavy plastic bottles has more recycling value than colorful, light plastic films.