PHILIPPINES SHIPS 69 CONTAINERS OF DUMPED RUBBISH BACK TO CANADA | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

PHILIPPINES SHIPS 69 CONTAINERS OF DUMPED RUBBISH BACK TO CANADA

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM
A cargo ship carrying tonnes of rubbish dumped in the Philippines by Canada more than five years ago, causing a festering diplomatic row, has left the Southeast Asian country, as nations in the region increasingly reject serving as dumpsites for wealthier states.

The 69 shipping containers of rotting waste were loaded onto the M/V Bavaria at Subic Bay port in the early hours of Friday, before embarking on a 20-day journey to Vancouver, in southwestern Canada.

"Baaaaaaaaa bye, as we say it," Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin wrote on Twitter, along with images of the vessel leaving.

Baaaaaaaaa bye, as we say it. pic.twitter.com/VetL4fP4Nj

— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) May 31, 2019
Environmental activists, including those from Greenpeace and EcoWaste Coalition, welcomed the Bavaria's arrival at Subic Bay, and on Thursday sailed on board a small outrigger with a streamer reading, "Philippines: not a garbage dumping ground!"

DIPLOMATIC ROW
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had threatened to forcibly ship back the rubbish, which officials said was transported to the Philippines in 103 containers in 2013 to 2014, and falsely declared as recyclable plastic scraps. Several containers of the rubbish had been disposed of, including in a landfill, leaving 69 containers of electrical and household waste, including used diapers, rotting in two Philippine ports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The larger question remains, how do we deal with both recyclable, and non-recyclable waste?!?

I hear Duterte's fury on this, and that of his people, but all of us are missing out on a greater opportunity.

So, I would like to challenge the US's universities, and Philippine Universities, to figure out how we do this much better, because our current answers are unsustainable, at this point, and we, globally, need a better way to do this.

And HEY, while we are at it, let us involve some of the most reputable universities on the planet, who are working on the same issue.

Intelligence, plus collaboration, equals....solutions, upon which we can, hopefully, begin to act very soon together.

We are all brothers and sisters on this journey through life, so please, let's start acting like it!! :-)

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