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WorldPhilippines says 'baaaaaaaaa bye' to 1,500 tons of trash as it ships back to Canada

21:20  31 may  2019
21:20  31 may  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Philippines says ' baaaaaaaaa bye ' to 1 , 500 tons of trash as it ships back to Canada . Earlier this month, Canada agreed to cover the cost of shipping the waste back . “The government of Canada is taking all the necessary measures to ensure safe and environmentally sound transport, handling and

The Philippines on Friday said farewell to 1 , 500 tons of trash , which it sent back to Canada on a container ship . The move is the latest in a simmering rebellion by Asian nations tired of accepting boatloads of garbage from wealthier nations in the West. Canada agreed to take back the shipments

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The Philippines is taking on some drastic spring cleaning, shipping back 1,500 tons of illegally-imported trash to Canada after a years-long standoff between the two nations.

Sixty-nine containers of garbage were loaded overnight on a cargo ship at a port northwest of Manila in Subic, embarking on its journey Friday for twenty days.

"Baaaaaaaaa bye," tweeted Philippine foreign secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. with an image of the ship's departure.

Since the trash was originally shipped to the Philippines sometime in 2013 or 2014, it has created tensions between the two countries – which were exacerbated when Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte threatened to "declare war" in April over the garbage.

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Canada tries to avoid an all-out trash "war" with the Philippines . Philippines ' battle to get Canada to take back tons of mislabeled garbage highlights increasing reluctance in developing nations to be the world's dumping grounds.

Container ship M/V Bavaria, with tons of garbage on board, has left Subic Bay on a 20-day journey to Vancouver. “If Canada will not accept their trash , we will leave the same within its territorial waters,” Panelo said . “The president’s stance is as principled as it is uncompromising: The Philippines as an

Earlier this month, Canada agreed to cover the cost of shipping the waste back.

“The government of Canada is taking all the necessary measures to ensure safe and environmentally sound transport, handling and disposal of the waste in Canada," said Mark Johnson, spokesperson for Canada’s environment and climate change ministry, in a statement.

In 2016, a Filipino court declared the shipment illegal after it was revealed that the garbage was originally packaged as plastic recyclables.

It serves as the latest stand against "waste imports" by Southeast Asian countries. After China banned the import of waste, Malaysia has emerged as a prime dumping ground for international trash.

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The Philippines started returning dozens of shipping containers full of garbage to Canada on Friday. Sixty-nine containers holding some 2, 500 tons of household waste (including plastic bottles, bags, newspapers and “ Baaaaaaaaa bye , as we say it … The garbage is gone, good riddance

" Baaaaaaaaa bye , as we say it ," Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teddy Locsin Jr wrote on As a result, the trash - sometimes falsely declared as recyclables - was sent to other developing In 2016, a court in the Philippines ordered the rubbish to be shipped back to Canada at the expense

However, Malaysian environment minister Yeo Bee Yin announced on Tuesday that Malaysia would be shipping back over 3,000 tons of waste to its original countries, the Guardian reported.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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