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11:06 AM May 24, 2019

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The EcoWaste Coalition Requested China To Investigate The Shipment Of Garbage To The Country

EcoWaste – Mixed plastic wastes were shipped to the Philippines from Hong Kong and EcoWaste Coalition requests the Chinese government to investigate.

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Recently, a trash issue was raised after Canada shipped container vans filled with garbage to the country. However, Canada already vowed to work with he local government to resolve he trash issue.

Just recently, there was another reported entry of wastes (mostly mixed plastic) in the country from Hong Kong. Philippines’ environmental watchdog EcoWaste Coalition reacts and asks China to investigate the trash entry.

The national coordinator of the coalition, Aileen Lucero released a statement last Friday expressing their opinions towards the circumstance:

“We are shocked that the shipment originated from Hong Kong, which we find truly ironic since China has taken the unprecedented move to protect its own environment by banning waste imports, including electronic and plastic scraps and remnants.”

She also said that they are looking forward to China looking into the case.

They [EcoWaste Coalition] proceeded to inspect the 40-foot container van that was shipped to the country labeled as “assorted electronic accessories”.

Alongside them is Bureau of Customs (BOC) officials from Region 10 spearheaded by Port Collector John Simon on Wednesday, when they found that the vans contained 22 sling bags and a massive pile of trash (mixed plastic) weighing up to 25,610 kilograms.

The shipment was received by Mindanao Container Terminal located at Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. It was shopped to the country back in January 2nd on board the ship SITC Fujian, originating from Hin Yuen Tech Env. Limited.

Simon reportedly told Lucero that the reshipment of the vans will soon be inititated by the Bureau of Customs.

This is according to an article from Inquirer.

Lucero restated their appeal to immediately ban waste imports regarding the country’s legal consent of the Basel Ban Amendment.

That is all there is to it, at least for now. We’ll post updates as soon as we got them.

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