Controversial Containers Containing Rubbish From Canada Heads To Philippine Landfill
Plastics, paper bag, electronic gadgets, polyurethane foam and other materials all take part of the garbage that man disposes of daily. These rubbishes if not disposed properly will pose a problem to the environment as well as threaten the health of people.
In the Philippines, it was reported that tons of rubbish coming from Canada was indiscriminately thrown to the third world nation. There were 55 containers of household garbage that were seized at the port of Manila, the nation’s capital. The seizure operation took place in mid-2013. The waste was labeled as plastic scrap materials that will be eventually recycled.
The Bureau of Customs in the Philippines labeled the containers as “contraband”. However, the Canadian embassy retorted that the Philippine government later on agreed to dispose the containers containing trashes in an environmentally sound manner in Philippine soil, following its environmental laws and regulations.
The Canadian embassy further said that its government has worked closely with the Philippine government with regard to the containers. In late June of this year, trucks began to transport an estimated 1,200 tons of garbage waste to a landfill which is a 3 hour drive from Manila. According to the Philippines’ Bureau of Customs and the landfill operator, there are already disposal teams that are tasked to finish transporting the said rubbishes from the port to Manila’s north end.
Activists in the Philippines are angered by this development. They are outraged that the garbage is sent to a landfill in the country instead of being shipped back to Canada.
The communications manager of a Manila-based environmental watchdog team known as Ban Toxics aired her frustration to the media and said that the local people in the communities will be the ones who will suffer the adverse effects of waste dumping. She further pressed on that their group is saddened by the thought that the Philippine government seems to be conniving with Canada.
In a statement released, local officials claim that the materials in the container were certified to be non-hazardous and non-toxic. Still, the head of the watchdog group insisted that the rubbish from Canada contains “electronic waste” which is harmful and is a waste that cannot be processed by the landfill.