Dumping of foreign trash on Philippines denounced

EcoWaste coalition

A WASTE and pollution watchdog yesterday denounced the latest attempt to dump on the Philippines mixed plastic wastes this time from Hong Kong while efforts to ship back similar illegal garbage to home-bases Canada and South Korea are still ongoing.

According to the EcoWaste Coaliton (EWC), the incident has reinforced its call urging the government to formalize as soon as possible President Duterte’s marching orders banning waste shipments from other countries.

Last Wednesday, the group joined officials of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Region 10 led by Port Collector John Simon in inspecting a 40-footer container van containing 22 sling bags weighing 25,610 kilograms of mixed plastic waste instead of the declared “assorted electronic accessories.”

Simon was quoted as saying that they are appalled by this attempt to bring plastic scraps and other residual waste materials in violation of customs and environmental laws. “We cannot allow our country to be treated by others as a disposal or dumping site for world’s garbage,” he said.

The shipment that came from Hong Kong arrived at the Mindanao Container Terminal in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental on January 2, 2019 on board SITC Fujian.  The cargo was shipped by Hin Yuen Tech. Env. Limited and was consigned to Crowd Win Industrial Limited.

EWC national coordinator Aileen Lucero said, “we denounce this latest attempt to bring into the country over 25 tons of mixed plastic waste from Hong Kong amid our nation’s ongoing efforts to send back similar illegal waste shipments from Canada and South Korea.”