Philippines' Duterte loses patience, orders trash shipped back to Canada
Philippines' Duterte loses patience, orders trash shipped back to Canada
Matt Gurney: Canada should take back its waste. But the angry rhetoric coming from the volatile Duterte is masking a more serious local problem .
Never mind the Philippines — Canada has bigger trash problems . Canada generates more than 34 million tons of the stuff annually, according to Despite strong environmental activism among Filipinos , the Philippines still suffers from a trash problem . Data shows that local government units.
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Why is Canada exporting garbage to the Philippines in the first place? And why is the Philippines, of all places, accepting foreign trash?
These questions may have occurred to you if you’ve been following the war of words between Canada and the Pacific archipelago nation. More than a hundred containers of Canadian household waste were offloaded in a Filipino port facility in 2013 and 2014. The Filipinos are getting awfully mad about this, and their volatile president, Rodrigo Duterte, has even threatened war if Canada doesn’t take the trash back. Setting aside the fact that that’s a war Canada could probably actually win, the entire affair is bizarre. How did the trash even get there?
Canada hires firm to ship back garbage, will be done before end of June: McKenna
Ottawa is spending more than $1 million to ship 2,000 tonnes of rotting garbage back to Canada from the Philippines, hoping to bring an end to the diplomatic war over waste before Canada Day.
Canadian officials said Canada had also offered to pay for the shipping costs to return the waste. Still, the case in the Philippines has been in limbo as officials discussed precise ways to pay for and dispose of The Philippine foreign minister, Teodoro Locsin, said the president’s deadline was final.
“ Canada values its deep and longstanding relationship with the Philippines and has been working closely with Filipino authorities to find a solution Earlier on Wednesday, Mr. Duterte’s spokesman, Salvador Panelo, said the president had ordered officials to ship the trash back to Canada at the
For years, Canada, and many other countries, have exported trash—well, in theory, recyclables—to China. Chinese workers sort the trash into what’s usable and what’s not; the latter gets burned and the former turned into new objects, many of which are then exported back. Some recyclable materials are purchased and used domestically, of course, but tonnes of it—literally—have been shipped to China.
But China has become increasingly frustrated at the high level of contamination in the items being shipped to it. Lazy sorting by all of us routinely means materials that can’t be recycled get mixed in with the products that can be. This imposes added costs and delays and erodes the business case for the entire venture. China recently effectively slammed the door on further imports of plastics, leaving exporting nations, including Canada, looking for alternatives.
Philippines dismisses Canada's plan to bring garbage back by end of June
The Philippines has rejected Canada's late-June timeline for repatriating its garbage and is moving forward with plans to ship it back to Canada itself.
Container ship M/V Bavaria, with tons of garbage on board, has left Subic Bay on a 20-day journey to Vancouver.
The Canada – Philippines waste dispute was an international row over mislabeled Canadian garbage shipped to Manila by a recycling company. The 103 shipping containers that left from Vancouver in 2013–14 were labeled as recyclable plastics; they instead contained household waste.
This is a big deal. China’s previous willingness to accept so much refuse has stifled the development of a domestic capacity for processing recyclable goods. Municipalities in North America could pat themselves on the back for having a blue bin program without having to worry much about what to do with everything that ends up in said bins. Ship it to China! Even if it ends up getting incinerated there, that is a problem that is very much out of sight and out of mind.
In the case of our waste in the Philippines, though, something seems to have gone awry. The paper trail for the waste was bogus—faked—and a local official was charged with corruption for allowing the containers to be offloaded. Local authorities there processed some of it, but most of the containers remain as they were. Canada, under pressure from Filipino authorities and Canadian environmentalists, has said it will return them here for incineration, assuming the Philippines hasn’t invaded Vancouver Island in the meantime.
Canada hasn't issued any permits for companies to ship waste, government says
OTTAWA — The federal government has issued no permits for Canadian companies to ship trash overseas since regulations changed three years ago — raising questions about how waste is still ending up on the shores of Asian nations. Canada introduced new regulations in 2016 requiring exporters to get permits to ship waste other countries would consider hazardous, including trash. The changes were the result of the diplomatic dustup with the Philippines over 103 containers of trash that arrived in ports there in 2013 and 2014 wrongly labelled as plastics for recycling.
More than 100 shipping containers had been declared to hold recyclable plastic scraps. But when they arrived in Manila, officials found household trash , including adult diapers. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wants Canada to come get tons of trash that was wrongly sent to his country — and
For years, the Philippines ’ President Rodrigo Duterte has demanded Canada takes back its garbage, which he says was shipped illegally to Manila. ‘Dirty little secret’: Canada ’s recycling problem revealed in trash dispute. What will happen to the trash ?
But there’s an interesting wrinkle to all of this—though Canada should obviously be responsible and take back the waste (or at least arrange for it to be dealt with) there’s method to Duterte’s madness. The Philippines has massive trash problems of its own. Since China stopped accepting plastics, though, the country has been used as a dumping ground for waste from places like South Korea and Australia. The government is furious, and picking a loud, boisterous fight with Canada is no doubt part of its strategy to get the dumping to stop.
But it’s also an opportunity for local officials to perhaps deflect some hostility onto convenient, distant foreigners. The Philippines is drowning in garbage, much of it of its own making.
It’s not a new problem. The country is a major contributor to plastic pollution in the ocean, the world’s third-worst offender. While some of that plastic may be swept away to become a more generically global problem, most of it stays close to home. It’s already overwhelming local fisheries and coastal areas, which are becoming inundated with trash.
Philippines ships dumped trash back to Canada
Tonnes of garbage sent to the Philippines years ago was shipped back to Canada on Friday after a festering diplomatic row, as Asian nations increasingly reject serving as dumping grounds for international trash.
Canada had refused to even acknowledge the issue for years but as the dispute escalated, Duterte declared that if the government did not act quickly, the Philippines would tow the rubbish to Canadian waters and dump it there. “ The Philippines as an independent sovereign nation must not be treated
Canadian garbage has been sitting in the Philippines for about six years — and the country’s president is now threatening war over it. READ MORE: Activists urge Justin Trudeau to take Canada ’s trash out of Philippines . Lingering issues, however, including the consequences of the
Though some of the problem can perhaps be laid at the feet of the country’s difficult geography—it’s hard to efficiently provide services to 100 million people spread across more than 7,000 islands—trash is a major problem even in the biggest cities. Manila, the capital and home to 13 million people, struggles to keep up with its daily trash output of an estimated 9,200 tons, only 85 per cent of which is collected (the rest just … blows away). Its dumps are meticulously worked over by scavengers, an activity so rampant the government tries to regulate it. The city’s three dumps will be filled entirely in the near future; the least full is expected to be at capacity by 2037. And then what?
No one knows. There’s not a lot of time to find answers. This is not a failure unique to the Philippines, of course, but it’s particularly acute there—it doesn’t have nearly the space Canada does to establish and manage new landfills.
But it all puts a fresh spin on the angry rhetoric aimed at Canada by Manila. We absolutely should take back our waste. That’s what a responsible country would do. But it’s okay to roll your eyes when the rhetoric seems a bit over the top. Blaming Canada is a lot easier than coming up with answers to your own domestic problems. Perhaps instead of threatening war, it should be asking for help.
Philippines lifts Canadian travel ban but no return of ambassador yet.
OTTAWA — The Philippines is slowly normalizing diplomatic relations with Canada now that the trash tiff of 2019 has come to a close. There is no word yet on a return to Canada of the Philippine ambassador or consuls general, who were withdrawn until Canada took back a big load of garbage that had been festering in Philippine ports. But Philippines Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea — President Rodrigo Duterte's right hand — issued a memo to