The government of the Philippines has decided to dispose the tons of trash which was illegally shipped to the port of Manila via Canada almost two years ago.
The Department of Environmental and Natural Resources said they have decided to dispose of the garbage due to prolonged negotiations to ship the junk back to Canada.
The DENR management has said the cost of disposing the garbage will be charged back to the importer, Valenzuela City-based Chronic Plastics, which is named in as the consignee for the exporter – Chronic Inc. is also based in Ontario, Canada.
The Bureau of Customs, through the Department of Justice, has charged Chronic Plastics owner Adelfa Eduardo and customs brokers Leonora Flores and Sherjun Saldon with violation of Republic Act 6969 or the Act to Control Toxic Substances and Hazardous Nuclear Wastes.
They were also charged with violation of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines for unlawful importation of waste materials from Canada.
In all, 50 containers were shipped to the Manila port, the DENR has concluded that the trash must be disposed of – it was originally shipped to the port in June of 2013.
According to the international treaty, the country where the waste originated should be responsible for returning the waste to its port of origin “within 30 days” from the time it was notified about the illegal shipment.
The Canadian Embassy, however, has refused to take back the garbage, saying the issue was a “private commercial matter” between a Canadian exporter and its Philippine importer-partner.