The Philippines is set to return 50 containers of trash from the Mindanao International Container Terminal (MICT) back to South Korea within the month.
According to the Bureau of Customs (BOC), over 6,000 tons of waste from South Korea were shipped into the Philippines in 2018. They were declared plastic waste but was reported to contain mixed non-biodegradable waste.
The first shipment of re-exportation was successfully done in January 13, 2019 which included 51 containers.
“Additional batches shall be re-exported on February 16 and February 23 which shall bring the total re-exported wastes to 201 containers and shall finally rid the country of the illegally imported wastes,” MICT Port Collector John Simon said in a statement.
Simon said that once the total of 6,500 tons of trash is returned, the Philippines will still ask South Korea to pay for damages after violating the Basel Convention.
Simon also stressed that the Bureau shall remain firm in its commitment of protecting the country’s borders from the entry of any illegal shipments including wastes that are harmful to the environment.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
Sausalito, CA—A non-profit organization has removed around 40 tons of plastic, including fishing nets, from the Pacific Ocean.
The Ocean Voyages Institute has completed a 25-day clean up which is one of the largest ocean clean-up mission in the world. The clean-up has covered the North Pacific Subtropical Convergence Zone, or more commonly known as the Pacific Gyre.
The Municipal Agriculture office of the Baliwag, Bulacan local government has begun its program to give away school supplies in exchange for trash.
They launched the project in 2017 where they exchange grocery items for every collected trash.
According to Information, Education and Communication Campaign Program Municipal Environment and Natural Resource Office (MENRO) Ronald Cruz all waste in schools like plastic cups and sachets are exchanged for school supplies like notebooks and pens.
“Mayroon po tayong beneficiary na nabigyan dito sa bayan ng Baliwag regarding po sa eskwelahan, kung ano po iyong nagiging basura sa eskwelahan tulad ng plastic cup iyong mga sachet ng chichiria o mga snack iyon po pinapalit po naming iyon, (We already have school beneficiaries here in Baliwag. They exchange plastic cups, plastic chips or snacks [school supplies]” he said.
In Barangay Makinabang a plastic bottle is equal to a pack of school supplies.
Palit Basura Director Alberto Casanas said this program helps the residents ease their expenses especially during opening of classes.
“Nababawasan at nagagamit sa ibang proyekto ng ating munisipyo, ([waste] is reduced and used in our municipal projects)” he said.
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