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DENR Procceds With Temporary Order Regarding Importing Waste

DENR – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently made a temporary order against importing waste.

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A report in Inquirer states that it is an administrative order which would implement a moratorium which would take three months in regards to the ongoing controversies on different nations importing waste to the country.

The said order is expected to be enacted within the month. It will also impose a security bond worth ₱3 million for every issued permit that will also cover possible export expenses if there are any violations found in scrap materials that came from other countries.

Benny Antiporda, Environment secretary, said that the order also will cover recyclable objects, which would also include scrap metals, plastics, electronic trash, used oil and fly ash. As of now, the said materials are allowed to enter the country via an administrative order from the agency which was issued way back in 2013.

Antiporda further said that they have to establish safeguards regarding on the importing of recyclable materials. He further added that the moratorium will also allow careful considerations among government agencies, industries, and other involved groups on making a long-term policy that would accept scrap materials that mostly came from rich nations.

As per the report, the undersecretary added that they, as well as the insustries that benefit from waste-related imports, have to take into consideration. He further said that processed engineered fuels (PEF) are also covered by the issued order.

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