Canada trash 'cleaned, ready to go'
Containers of garbage from Canada are being fumigated in Subic before being shipped to the North American country.
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Canada trash 'cleaned, ready to go'
Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) - May 28, 2019 - 10:20am

MANILA, Philippines — The containers of garbage illegally shipped to the country in 2013 are ready to be repatriated to Canada this week.

All 69 containers have recently been fumigated in Subic before being loaded to a ship contracted by Ottawa.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the containers of waste are scheduled to be shipped back to Canada on Thursday.

"All containers containing garbage cleaned and ready to go. Waiting for a couple of documents and routine permission from China for transshipment to Canada. Departure is May 30," Locsin tweeted Monday night.

A few weeks ago, Locsin ordered the recall of Philippine diplomats in Canada after the North American country missed its May 15 deadline of taking back the trash from the country.

The Philippines' top diplomat said Manila would maintain diminished diplomatic presence in Canada until the garbage issue is resolved.

Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna later on announced that the Canadian government has awarded a contract to a company to bring back the waste to their country as soon as possible.

Canada initially announced that the shipping form will first treat the garbage and will complete the preparation by end of June.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo then announced that President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the appropriate government agency to look for a shipping firm that would ship back the trash to Canada.

Panelo said Duterte will not allow the process to take until June.

Despite Malacañang's pronouncements, the 69 containers of garbage will be shipped by the private Canadian firm as announced by Locsin on Twitter.

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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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