Trash sent back by Pres. Duterte arrives in Canada

Trash sent back by Pres. Duterte arrives in Canada

In the end it’s a win for President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and eventually for the entire country.

69 container vans containing trash from Canada is now home in Vancouver,Canada putting an end to the diplomatic row that highlighted  how Asian countries have grown tires of being the worlds’s trash dump.

A cargo vessel loaded with tons of Canadian garbage packed in 69 containers docked in a port on the outskirts of Vancouver.

                       Cargo ship containing tons of Canadian garbage from the Philippines, arrives in Vancouver, Canada                                       (photo credit to PhilStar)

It was reported that it will be incinerated at a wate-to-energy facility.

It was during the Aquino administration 2013-2014, when the Canadian company shipped the containers to the Philippines mislabeling it as recyclable plastics to the Philippines.

The shipment actually contained a mixture of paper, plastics, electronics, and household waste, including kitchen trash and diapers, even though Philippine law prohibits imports of mixed plastics and household trash. 

Some of the wastes was disposed in the country, but much of it was left to rot in the local ports.

It was last April, when incumbent President Rodrigo Roa Duterte threatened to “declare war” against Canada unless it reclaimed the garbage.

Canada missed the May 15 deadline to repatriate the 69 container vans of garbage, but then made arrangements soon thereafter to move it back to Canadian soil

Canada's Environment Minister Catherine McKenna told reporters on Thursday: "We committed with the Philippines and we're working closely with them."

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Report from  PhilStar

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