Philippines trash war: 69 containers of ‘unique material’ arrive back in Canada (VIDEOS)
The hazardous cargo full of plastic bottles, electric appliances and even diapers returned to Canadian shores after rotting in the Philippines for nearly six years. Container ship 'Anna Maersk' was filmed docking at Deltaport in Vancouver early on Saturday morning, following a month-long voyage from Southeast Asia.
Fearing possible contamination, the city will soon proceed to incinerate the waste. “It’s a bit of a unique material,” general manager of solid waste service for Metro Vancouver, Paul Henderson, told local media.
We’ve had to work through safe operating procedures for how to receive this, because it’s been sitting in the Philippines for so long.
And there they are. Or at least some of them... the rest of the garbage containers will be stacked here, picked up by trucks and moved to another holding pen somewhere else in Metro Van tomorrow. #garbageship@CBCNews@cbcnewsbcpic.twitter.com/qaKbMdlrdG— Chris Corday (@cbcerchris) June 29, 2019
Up close to the Anna Maersk docked at Deltaport to unload Canadian garbage from the Philippines this morning. Can confirm no “aroma” yet from this vantage point :-) Will update once they’re off the ship. @CBCNews CBCNews @cbcnewsbc#garbageshippic.twitter.com/lXsn0Eyebl— Chris Corday (@cbcerchris) June 29, 2019
Despite environmental concerns, burning the waste would be a way better option than eating it for dinner, as President Rodrigo Duterte had suggested before shipping the decaying trash back:
Prepare a grand reception. Eat it if you want to.
The waste was exported to the Philippines between 2013 and 2014, but it did not meet the government's environmental standards. In May, Duterte finally ordered the trash to be returned forcefully after Canada had stalled for years and missed a deadline to resolve the issue.Also on rt.com ‘Baaaaaaaaa bye & good riddance’: Philippines sends thousands of tons of trash back to Canada
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