One of the more than 100 shipping containers of trash sent by a private Canadian to Manila in 2013 and 2014.
Bureau of Customs, file
Canada hires company to take back trash from Philippines by end of June
Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) - May 23, 2019 - 9:47am

MANILA, Philippines — Canada has beaten the Philippines in looking for a shipping firm that would take back the remaining 69 containers of garbage from the Southeast Asian country.

On Wednesday, Malacañang announced that President Rodrigo Duterte has directed the appropriate government agency to look for a private shipping company to return the trash to the North American country.

Shortly after this announcement, the Canadian government announced that it has hired a company to repatriate the waste illegally shipped to the Philippines between 2013 and 2014.

"The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced that the Government of Canada awarded a contract to Bolloré Logistics Canada to safely bring the waste back to Canada as soon as possible," Canada said in a statement.

McKenna pointed out that Canada has amended its regulations to prevent this incident from happening again.

According to the Canada, the private shipping firm will start the preparation in the coming days and will be completed by the end of June.

Canada's environment department stressed that the garbage must be safely treated to meet the country's safety and health requirements.

"The safe and environmentally sound disposal in Canada of the waste material will take place before the end of summer 2019," the Canadian government said.

The Canadian government also committed to shouldering the cost of the preparation, transfer, shipment and disposal of the waste.

"The Government of Canada maintains ongoing discussions with the Government of the Philippines to ensure a positive outcome to this issue in a timely fashion," the Canada said.

According to the news release, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. talked to Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland last week to discuss the repatriation of the waste to Canada.

"As I mentioned to their Foreign Secretary last week, we are committed to resolving this issue as quickly as possible. Today is an essential step forward in accomplishing that," Freeland said.

Last week, Locsin ordered the recall of Philippine ambassador and consuls to Canada after the North American country missed its deadline of taking back the waste.

Locsin said the Philippines will maintain a diminished diplomatic presence in Canada until the garbage row is resolved.

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LATEST UPDATE: May 31, 2019 - 9:41am

A private Canadian company shipped more than 100 containers of household waste to Manila in 2013 and 2014 and have since stayed. (Bureau of Customs photo)

May 31, 2019 - 9:41am

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. tells pulled out envoys in Canada to return to their posts following the repatriation of the 69 containers of trash to the North American country.

"To our recalled posts, get your flights back. Thanks and sorry for the trouble you went through to drive home a point," Locsin says in a tweet.

 

 

May 31, 2019 - 8:07am

The ship M/V Bavaria leaves the Philippines to return to Canada the 69 containers of toxic waste after six years.

The ship tasked to transport the garbage arrived at the Subic Bay Freeport at 2:40 p.m. Thursday.

May 29, 2019 - 7:23pm

Trash from Canada will be shipped back on Thursday, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says in a statement to reporters.

Guevarra has been designated officer-in-charge in the absence of President Rodrigo Duterte, who is in Japan for an official visit.

"The cost of reshipment from Manila to Vancouver, estimated at P10 million, will be shouldered by the Canadian government. The container vans will be loaded on vessels owned by three shipping companies," he also says.

May 24, 2019 - 11:16am
Amid tensions over the Canada trash shipped in the Philippines, the EcoWaste Coalition raises its condemnation of the latest attempt to dump garbage into the country, this time mixed plastic waste from Hong Kong, China.
 
"We denounce this latest attempt to bring into the country over 25 tons of mixed plastic waste from Hong Kong amid our nation’s ongoing efforts to send back similar illegal waste shipments from Canada and South Korea," says EcoWaste Coalition National Coordinator Aileen Lucero.
 
EcoWaste joined officials of the Bureau of Customs last Wednesday in inspecting a one 40-foot container van containing 22 sling bags weighing 25,610 kilograms of mixed plastic waste instead of the declared “assorted electronic accessories,” the group says in a release today. 
 
The shipment that came from Hong Kong arrived at the Mindanao Container Terminal in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental on Jan. 2, 2019 on board SITC Fujian. The cargo was shipped by Hin Yuen Tech. Env. Limited and was consigned to Crowd Win Industrial Limited.
May 24, 2019 - 11:12am
Amid tensions over the Canada trash shipped in the Philippines, the EcoWaste Coalition raises its condemnation of the latest attempt to dump into the country, this time mixed plastic waste from Hong Kong, China.
 
"We denounce this latest attempt to bring into the country over 25 tons of mixed plastic waste from Hong Kong amid our nation’s ongoing efforts to send back similar illegal waste shipments from Canada and South Korea," says EcoWaste Coalition National Coordinator Aileen Lucero.
 
EcoWaste joined officials of the Bureau of Customs last Wednesday in inspecting a one 40-foot container van containing 22 sling bags weighing 25,610 kilograms of mixed plastic waste instead of the declared “assorted electronic accessories,” the group says in a release today. 
 
The shipment that came from Hong Kong arrived at the Mindanao Container Terminal in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental on Jan. 2, 2019 on board SITC Fujian. The cargo was shipped by Hin Yuen Tech. Env. Limited and was consigned to Crowd Win Industrial Limited.
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