Basel Convention - updates

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How to keep imported waste out of the Philippines

Jun 08, 2019 - 8:34 PM

The Philippines doesn't take in a lot of foreign waste compared to its neighbors, but it may become a dumping ground of smuggled garbage if the government doesn't act fast

With China and other Asian countries already imposing stricter regulations on importing waste, the Philippines will have to double its efforts in preventing more importation of hazardous waste in the future

Environmental groups step up pressure on gov't to ban waste imports

May 30, 2019 - 3:26 PM

The government is preparing a policy to ban all waste imports, including those meant for recycling. But this is not enough, says Greenpeace

Environmental groups were barred from entering the Subic Bay terminal hours before containers of Canada's waste are set to be shipped out after port authorities received an order from the DFA on Wednesday evening. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

FALSE: Panelo's claim that PH is not a signatory to Basel Convention

May 23, 2019 - 12:00 AM

The Philippines signed the Basel Convention on March 22, 1989 and the treaty was ratified by Congress in October 1993

PH gov’t to ship garbage back to Canada

Sep 06, 2016 - 9:34 PM

The justice department is set to file a motion for the execution of the June 30 order of Manila RTC Branch 1 Judge Tita Bughao Alisuag to ship back the wastes to Canada at the expense of the importer

BURDEN. The Philippine government continues to shoulder the costs of keeping 50 container vans of garbage from Canada in its ports. Photo from Change.org

Petition asks Canadian PM Trudeau to take back illegal trash

Feb 02, 2016 - 1:46 PM

Petitioners also ask for the Canadian government to pay back the Philippines for all costs incurred due to the stranded illegal garbage from Canada

CALLING ON CANADA. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a press conference at Rideau Hall after being sworn in as Canada's 23rd Prime Minister in Ottawa, Ontario, November 4, 2015. Rappler file photo

Canada PM Trudeau on trash: We're working on laws for future

Nov 19, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Trudeau does not directly address questions on whether or not Canada will bring home trash illegally shipped to PH

FIXING LAWS. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press briefing where he is asked about container vans of trash a Canadian company illegally sent to the Philippines.

PH groups urge Canadian PM: Take back illegal trash

Nov 13, 2015 - 11:20 AM

Such action will show that his government does not and will not condone the illegal garbage trade that is treating low and middle income countries as dumps say environmentalists

NEW LEADERSHIP. Can new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally resolve the issue of illegal Canada garbage stranded in the Philippines? File photo by Geoff Robins/AFP

DFA took ‘weak stance’ vs illegal Canada garbage – Chiz

Sep 10, 2015 - 10:55 AM

During a Senate hearing senators tell government agencies that the reshipment of the illegal garbage from Canada is the only acceptable option

ONLY OPTION. Protesters call on Canada to live up to international agreements on smuggled household waste. Photo courtesy of  BAN Toxics

Illegal garbage dispute: Why can’t Canada be like Japan?

Aug 06, 2015 - 3:00 PM

The Canada garbage controversy brings back memories of a similar situation with Japan in 1999 Japan took back its garbage Will Canada do the same?

BOC, DENR ask DFA to file protest vs Canada over illegal trash

Jul 29, 2015 - 4:58 PM

But the letter leaves out a call for Canada to ship back the 103 container vans of misdeclared trash – a call fiercely championed by environmentalists

DUMPED IN THE PHILIPPINES. Environment officials open one of around 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada. Photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Group takes illegal Canada garbage issue to int'l body

Jul 28, 2015 - 10:58 AM

Groups turn to an international body saying the Philippine government has been pressured by Canada not to put up a fuss

DUMPED IN THE PHILIPPINES. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada. Photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Lawmakers to probe Canada garbage dumping in Tarlac

Jul 20, 2015 - 3:05 PM

UPDATED At least 26 container vans of trash are already in a Tarlac landfill Local government officials stop further dumping pending a probe into the issue

'TOXIC' BURDEN. This is a file photo of the contents of one of the container vans illegally shipped from Canada. Photo from Change.org

Canada's great injustice against the Philippines

May 25, 2015 - 9:00 AM

By making the Philippines agree to bury garbage illegally shipped from Canada a powerful country is exploiting a weaker country – the very dynamic the Basel Convention was designed to stop

Canada trash in Manila port now at 98 container vans

May 22, 2015 - 10:30 AM

The Bureau of Customs discovers 48 more container vans of plastic scraps stranded at the Manila port sent by a company based in Ontario Canada

NOT A DUMPSITE. On May 4, 2015, Environmentalists tell President Benigno Aquino III to remind Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper that container vans of garbage from Canada are still stranded in Philippine ports. Photo by Gigie Cruz/BAN Toxics

Aquino a ‘total let down’ in Canada – green groups

May 12, 2015 - 2:48 PM

Environmentalists call President Benigno Aquino III spineless for not pursuing the Canada trash issue with his counterpart Prime Minister Stephen Harper

NOT A DUMPSITE. On May 4, 2015, Environmentalists tell President Benigno Aquino III to remind Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper that container vans of garbage from Canada are still stranded in Philippine ports. Photo by Gigie Cruz/BAN Toxics

Groups to Aquino: Remind Canada about illegal trash

May 04, 2015 - 2:21 PM

UPDATED President Benigno Aquino III s state visit to Canada is a chance for him to bring up illegally shipped garbage that has been stranded in Manila ports for two years

NOT A DUMPSITE. Environmentalists tell President Benigno Aquino III to remind Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper that container vans of garbage from Canada are still stranded in Philippine ports. Photo by Gigie Cruz/BAN Toxics

Illegal Canadian garbage not toxic after all – DENR

Mar 26, 2015 - 6:46 PM

An environment group suspects government agencies are backing down on the issue because of President Aquino s planned state visit to Canada later this year

SAFE OR NOT SAFE? The 50 container vans of smuggled garbage from Canada pose health and environmental risks, say green groups. Photo from Change.org

Canada wants its illegal garbage 'processed' in PH

Oct 13, 2014 - 2:35 PM

Fifty container vans of garbage from Canada have been sitting on Manila s ports – costing PH millions in storage fees and posing health risks to citizens – yet Ottawa says it can t demand its citizen to recall them

Miriam Santiago: Probe toxic waste dumping in PH

Sep 16, 2014 - 11:02 AM

The senator files a resolution to look into garbage exported by developed countries to the Philippines

Leaking shipment of Canadian garbage poses health risks

Apr 02, 2014 - 9:39 PM

The health department needs to disinfect 18 container vans at the expense of the government

HAZARDOUS. The 50 container vans of smuggled garbage from Canada pose health and environmental risks. Photo from Change.org

Metal in your gadgets: Why you should be scared

Mar 27, 2014 - 6:13 PM

Lead mercury cadmium and brominated flame retardants found inside laptops television sets and smart phones present health threats

E-WASTE. Circuit boards contain valuable metals but also toxic ones. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

PH urged to ratify amendment vs hazardous waste trade

Mar 19, 2014 - 7:18 AM

The amendment bans rich nations from dumping harmful garbage into developing countries like the Philippines

HAZARDOUS. Electronic waste contains highly toxic chemicals like lead, mercury and cadmium which exposes people to serious health risks