Take Your Garbage Home, Canada!

We are very grateful to all those who have helped us raise the public’s awareness about Corporate Canada’s blatant disregard of all established international decorum and its continued lack of decency to pull out the stinking garbage from the Port of Manila.
While this mess may have been facilitated by private entities of both countries, still the culpability lies from the port of origin, i.e. how on Earth did the port customs personnel of Canada find it appropriate to approve the boarding of these 50 mammoth vans of hazardous wastes?

Shame on you, Canada!

We are pleased with the recent developments that finally the Canadian government (thru their official from the Canadian Embassy in Manila) acknowledged that the Philippines has the RIGHT TO RETURN the 50 container vans of hazardous wastes back to the Canadian soil. We would like to reiterate our stand in our petition on Change.org that the Canadian Embassy should facilitate the “return and pick up of the mixed heterogenous wastes”.

Read: PH cleared to ship back toxic waste to Canada – Manila Standard

This acknowledgement of the Canadian Embassy is the first step towards accountability being a signatory to the Basel Convention. The Canadian Embassy said that the Canadian government is a party to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal and that it is committed on upholding its obligation. In the said convention, it is the exporting country’s (in this case, Canada) obligation to transport the hazardous wastes to its country of origin.

A week ago, representatives of the Canadian Embassy visited the port area where they saw for the first time the container vans filled with garbage. They have verified that indeed garbage juice has started to leak and putrid smell are already emanating from the said container vans.

Under the Basel Convention, these wastes should be shipped back to the country of origin within 30 days. We now wait upon the Canadian Embassy to set the time and date when they should pick up the exported garbage. And we are hoping that the 50 container vans of garbage do not stay around our port area until they celebrate their first anniversary of arrival in our country come June.

Read: Canadians back PH plea to take back waste – Philippine Daily Inquirer

This has been done before. When 122 containers of clinical waste were illegally exported to the Philippines from Japan in 1999, the Japanese government shipped them all back. Canada can do this, too.

Please keep sharing our petition to as many people as you can, Edgar. You can also forward this email. I attached our petition below so your family and friends can easily sign.

Thanks,

Anna

The Canadian Embassy in Manila: Re export the 50 (forty footer) container vans filled with mixed waste and trash from the Philippines to Canada @CanEmbPH @AmbCanPH @ec_minister @HonJohnBaird

By Anna Marie Kapunan
Quezon City, España

CANADA PICK UP YOUR GARBAGE!!!

PHILIPPINES IS NOT YOUR TRASH CAN!!!

In June 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) started to receive tons of importation of 50 forty foot container vans from Canada filled with USED mixed heterogeneous waste composed of USED plastic bags, bottles, newspaper, household garbage, and even used adult diaper. THE importation is under the name of CHRONIC PLASTICS as both, CONSIGNEE and SOLD TO PARTY. On the hand, CHRONIC INC. is the SHIPPER.

The BOC DECLARED THE 50 FORTY FOOTER container vans filled with used heterogeneous wastes as UNLAWFUL IMPORTATION pursuant to Republic Act 6969 entitled, “Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Waste and Control Act of 1990”. In the same manner, the importation constitute ILLEGAL TRADE pursuant to the BASEL Convention On The Control Of Transboundary Movements Of Hazardous Waste And Their Disposal.

On 13 March 2014, the  Department of Health (DOH)- Bureau of Quarantine inspected the container vans and reported that the 18 OPENED container vans need to be  DISINFECTED the soonest time possible. The cost of the disinfection will be shouldered by the Philippine government; and the cost effective way of disinfecting is through sodium hypochlorite (bleach solution).

On 17 March 2014, upon consultation with ANG NARS, BOC, and DOH- Bureau of Quarantine, the parties have agreed on the ORGANIC method of disinfecting. Albeit its cost (roughly P20,000.00 to disinfect the 18 opened vans) , it will however benefit the neighboring communities and the environment, specifically the Manila Bay, for being less abrasive in decreasing the risks of health hazards.

In February 2014, the BOC filed a complaint before the Department of justice against Chronic Plastics.

The 50 container vans, until now, are left in the vicinity of the BOC. The garbage juice are now LEAKING and pose extreme health hazards and irreversible environmental problems in our country.

In sum, this illegal trade or unlawful importation violates the rights of the parties under the Basel Convention, thus:

On 22 March 1988, The Basel Convention was adopted where Philippines is a signatory. It is  principally designed  “to reduce the movements of hazardous waste between nations, and specifically to prevent transfer of hazardous waste from developed to less developed countries.” The primary objective  of this treaty is “to protect human health  and environment against  the adverse effects of hazardous wastes.” This prohibits trafficking of wastes.

ANG NARS, together with  Public Services Labor Confederation  (PSLINK), Ateneo School of Government (ASOG), Greenpeace, Green Convergence, Ecowaste Coalition, Mother Earth Foundation, and Ban Toxics petition the Canadian Embassy to hasten the RE-EXPORTATION of the 50 FORTY FOOTER container vans to Canada; to REIMBURSE the actual cost incurred by the Philippine government; and, to RESTITUTE the damages it may have caused.

NO to Canadian garbage transboundary movement!

Philippines is NOT a dumping soil of Canadian garbage!

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One thought on “Take Your Garbage Home, Canada!”

  1. May be Canada can be sued for the transmission of contaminated waste to a foreign power and for that power, Canada to pay the bill for its removal plus the clean up of any contamination that has occurred from the material being in the Philippines. A strong message needs to be sent to the Canadian Government that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated in the future.

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