Philippines sends 69 containers of mislabelled waste back to Canada

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Published on May 31, 2019 - Duration: 01:42s

Philippines sends 69 containers of mislabelled waste back to Canada

The Philippines sent 69 shipping containers believed to contain mislabeled waste back to Canada on Thursday night (May 30).

It's the latest southeast Asian nation to reject garbage from developed countries.

Anna Bevan reports.


Philippines sends 69 containers of mislabelled waste back to Canada

Sixty-nine containers of waste being loaded one by one onto a ship in the Philippines, Thursday (May 30, 2019).

Destination: Canada.

More than a hundred shipping containers of Canadian trash were sent to the Philippines for recycling in 2013 and 2014.

But upon arrival, they were discovered to contain municipal waste - seen here - that had been wrongly labelled 'plastics'.

A Philippine court in 2016 declared the 2,400 tons of Canadian waste illegal, prompting a long-running row that has tested diplomatic ties.

Last month, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to go to war with Canada if it didn't take back its trash.

Canada said the waste was a private commercial transaction done without the government's consent.

GREENPEACE PHILIPPINES DIRECTOR, LEA GUERRERO, SAYING: "It is a deplorable practice that a lot of countries, especially in the global North, do to get rid of the waste that they cannot process in their own countries.

So wherever waste trade happens, it on impinges human rights of the people who accept the waste" The cargo ship will make a stopover in Taiwan on Friday (May 31) before making the almost three-week journey to Vancouver at a reported shipping cost of $200,000, which the Philippines says Canada has shouldered.

The country has become the latest southeast Asian nation to take issue with developed nations they say use the region as a dumping grounds for waste.

Earlier this week Malaysia sent back around 3,000 tons of plastic waste to countries including the United States, Japan, France, Canada, Australia and Britain.

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