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Philippines sends 69 containers of dumped waste back to Canada Philippines News



A cargo ship carrying tons of waste dumped in the Philippines by Canada more than five years ago caused a diplomatic order, having left the Southeast Asian country, as nations in the region increasingly refuse to serve as dump sites for richer states. 19659002] The 69 debris shipping containers were loaded onto the M / V Bavaria in Subic Bay port in the early hours of Friday before starting a 20-day trip to Vancouver in southwestern Canada.

"Baaaaaaaaa bye, as we say, wrote Philippine Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin on Twitter along with pictures of the vessel leaving.

Environmentalists, including those from Greenpeace and EcoWaste Coalition, welcomed Bavaria's arrival at Subic Bay, and Thursday sailed on a small outrigger with a streamer reading, "Philippines: Not a Rubbish Bin!"

Diplomatic Row

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had threatened to force back the waste that officials said had been transported to the Philippines in 103 containers in 2013 to 2014 and mistakenly declared recyclable plastic scrap Several containers of waste had been disposed of, including in a landfill, of which 69 containers of electrical and household waste, including second-hand diapers, were in two Philippine ports e.

The Philippine government reminded its ambassador and consulates in Canada earlier this month over Ottawa's failure to comply with a 15 May deadline to take the waste back.

  Filipino customs officials inspect cargo containers containing tons of waste from Canada in Manila port

A November 2014 photo shows customs officials in Manila port inspection of containers containing tons of waste from Canada [Ban Toxics/Handout via Reuters]

The return of the waste removes a six-year tower in the relationship between the two countries , especially during Duterte, who joined in mid-2016. He has insulted international criticism, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on his bloody breakdown on illicit drugs that have left thousands of most bad suspects dead.

The countries had been trying to solve the problem for years, with Trudeau in 2017 that legal problems preventing the return of the waste had been resolved.

However, the return was delayed by other problems despite Canadian assurances that it was willing to take back the waste Trudeau said was being sent to Manila in a private commercial transaction.

Canada's Environment Minister Catherine McKenna welcomed the news of the waste that was returned and told reporters Thursday: "We are committed to the Philippines and we are working closely with them."

"Totally unjustified"

Just days earlier, Malaysia announced that 450 tons of imported plastic waste had been sent back to its sources, including Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Japan, Saudi Arabia and U

China had long received the bulk of scrap plastic from all over the world. Last year, however, it closed its doors to foreign waste in an attempt to clean up its environment and caused other Southeast Asian nations to become new destinations.

Speaking in Tokyo on Thursday, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad also criticized the practice of richer countries as such as the United States Canada and Japan send their non-recyclable waste to poorer countries and call it "grossly unfair".

Filipino environmental groups on Thursday urged the Duterte administration to ban all waste imports and ratify the Basel ban, which prohibits waste import for some reason, including recycling. They cited the discovery of other waste shipments to the Philippines from Korea in 2018 and more recently from Australia and Hong Kong.

SOURCE:
Al Jazeera and news agencies

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