Ships of Canadian trash sits in Filipino port

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In the past two years, the Philippines had to keep some 50 shipping containers of rotting garbage from Canada in the port of Manila. Protests by environmentalists failed to bring action, but now the garbage may finally be leaving the port. CCTV’s Barnaby Lo filed this report from Manila.

Ships of Canadian trash sits in Filipino port

Ships of Canadian trash sits in Filipino port

In the past two years, the Philippines had to keep some 50 shipping containers of rotting garbage from Canada in the port of Manila. Protests by environmentalists failed to bring action, but now the garbage may finally be leaving the port. CCTV's Barnaby Lo filed this report from Manila.

Highlights:

  • For more than two years environmentalists have lobbied for the return of some 50 container vans of garbage from Canada that sitting and rotting in the port of Manila. Now, the trash is finally leaving the port, but not to be transported back to its origin.
  • Throughout this controversy, the Canadian government has stood firm in its stance to not ship the trash back to Canada, saying the shipment was a commercial matter to be settled privately. Well, it appears now that they are going to have it their way after all.”
  • The trash is staying in the Philippines. The government says it’s found nothing toxic or hazardous in the shipment, and has determined it’s best to dump the tons of Canadian waste in local landfills.