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'The Ocean Cleanup' ship sweeps first Pacific plastic

Oct 05, 2019 - 2:34 PM

The project by The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch non-profit group, involves a supply ship towing a floating boom that corrals marine plastic with the aim of cleaning half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within 5 years

Dutch environmental activist and innovator Boyan Slat attends the presentation and the unveiling of his prototype of The Ocean Cleanup project in Scheveningen on June 22, 2016. The Ocean Cleanup, Slat's innovative Dutch project aiming to gather up the millions of tons of plastic in the oceans' great garbage patches, unveils its prototype on June 22 which will be trialled in the North Sea ahead of its expected deployment in 2020. Remko de Waal / www.anpfoto.nl / ANP / AFP

Ocean plastic waste probably comes from ships, report says

Oct 04, 2019 - 12:40 PM

A study offers fresh evidence that the vast garbage patches floating in the middle of oceans are mostly the result of merchant marine vessels tossing their waste overboard by the ton

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In Kosovo, Roma's recycling work is unsung, underpaid

Sep 29, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Scavenging in the European state of Kosovo is often left in the hands of marginalized Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian communities, who earn as little as 8 euros on a good day

WASTE COLLECTORS. Bujar Maksuti arrange items that he found in the containers as his children look on, in Pristina, Kosovo, on September 10, 2019. Photo by Armend Nimani/AFP

U.S. waste driving global garbage glut – study

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:18 AM

Data on the combined solid, plastic, food and hazardous waste of 194 countries shows that the world now produces an average of 2.1 billion tons of trash each year – enough to fill more than 820,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools

DUMPED IN PH. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada in 2013. Photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Indonesia to return 49 containers of waste to Europe, U.S.

Jul 03, 2019 - 7:29 AM

Jakarta joins a chorus of Southeast Asian nations that are increasingly unhappy about being used as dumping grounds for trash from Western countries

In this picture taken on June 19, 2019, Indonesian officials check one of the 49 containers loaded with a combination of garbage, plastic waste and hazardous materials in violation of import rules, in Batam island. Dozens of shipping containers full of waste will be returned to France and other developed countries, Indonesia said on July 2, 2019 as Southeast Asian nations increasingly reject serving as dumping grounds for international trash. Andaru / AFP

Canada takes garbage back from Philippines, ending long dispute

Jun 29, 2019 - 11:37 PM

A cargo vessel loaded with about 69 containers of rubbish docked in a port on the outskirts of Vancouver, says an Agence France-Presse reporter at the scene

DUMPED TRASH. Philippine environment officials open one of the container vans containing garbage shipped illegally from Canada. File photo courtesy of Ban Toxics

Malay residents want action vs smelly garbage trucks

Jun 22, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Garbage trucks collect the trash in Boracay Island and dump it in a sanitary landfill in mainland Malay town

FOUL ODOR. Open trucks like these collect garbage in Boracay, then dump these in Barangay Kabulihan, Malay town in Aklan. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Trash from the top of the world handed over for recycling in Nepal

Jun 11, 2019 - 2:16 PM

The 14-strong team sent by Nepal spends about 6 weeks scouring for litter from base camp to Camp 4 – nearly 8,000 meters up – scraping together empty cans, bottles, plastic and discarded climbing gear

Nepali workers search for recyclable materials froma a pile of waste collected from Mount Everest, in Kathmandu on June 5, 2019. Aluminium ladders and cans collected from Mount Everest may find a second life as pots and pans, Nepali officials said Wednesday, as some ten tonnes of garbage collected from the world's highest mountain was handed over for recycling. The 14-strong team sent by the government spent about six weeks scouring for litter from base camp to Camp 4 -- nearly 8,000 metres (26,300 feet) up -- scraping together empty cans, bottles, plastic and discarded climbing gear. PRAKASH MATHEMA / AFP

Philippines lifts restrictions on official trips to Canada

Jun 06, 2019 - 1:20 PM

The diplomatic row caused by the presence of 69 container vans of garbage from Canada in the Philippines appears to be at an end

Environment activists belonging to the waste and pollution watch group Ecowaste Coalition staged a die-in protest in Makati on May 21, 2019, calling on the Canadian government to comply with the Basel convention. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

India's trash mountain to rise higher than Taj Mahal

Jun 04, 2019 - 2:54 PM

(UPDATED) Ghazipur landfill rises by nearly 10 meters a year with no end in sight to its foul-smelling growth. According to East Delhi's superintendent engineer Arun Kumar, it is already more than 65 meters (213 feet) high.

TRASH MOUNTAIN. In this picture taken on June 3, 2019, Indian residents walk along a road near the Ghazipur landfill site in the east of New Delhi. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Hong Kong container carrying illegal waste shipped back

Jun 03, 2019 - 4:52 PM

(UPDATED) Green group EcoWaste Coalition says the quick reexport of the illegal waste sends a 'clear and unambiguous warning to waste traffickers to stop sending other countries' wastes into our port'

GOOD RIDDANCE. Environment groups and port officials bid adieu to the container carrying electronic waste from Hong Kong on Monday, June 3. Photo from EcoWaste Coalition

Canada's trash finally leaves Philippines

May 31, 2019 - 9:08 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Baaaaaaaaa bye, as we say it,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr writes on Twitter as the garbage-loaded MV Bavaria set sail for Canada early Friday morning, May 31

The MV Bavaria, the container vessel hired to ship back the 69 container vans loaded with trash from Canada, sails as Greenpeace activists display a banner that reads "Philippines is not a dumpsite" during a protest against waste trade in Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. in Olongapo City, Zambales province, Philippines. Photo from Greenpeace

Canada starts removing garbage from Subic port

May 30, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Authorities are expecting that the transfer of the 69 container vans to MV Bavaria will be completed by Friday morning, May 31

MV BAVARIA. The MV Bavaria, the container vessel hired to ship back the 69 container vans loaded with trash from Canada, sails as Greenpeace activists display a banner that reads 'Philippines is not a dumpsite' during a protest against waste trade in Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation in Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines. Photo from Greenpeace

Locsin says 'departure' of Canada garbage on May 30

May 28, 2019 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr praises President Rodrigo Duterte 'for pushing the right button' and Canada 'for fully cooperating to get it done as he wanted'

GARBAGE ROW. The EcoWaste Coalition stages a protest on April 29, 2019, calling on Canada to take back its garbage dumped in the Philippines. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Philippines bans gov't trips to Canada amid trash row

May 26, 2019 - 11:47 AM

Malacañang orders heads of government agencies 'to reduce official interaction with representatives of the Canadian government'

NOT A DUMPSITE. Environment activists belonging to the waste and pollution watch group Ecowaste Coalition stage a protest near the Canada embassy. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

New trash shipment from Australia, Hong Kong found in Mindanao port

May 24, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The Bureau of Customs is working on having the containers shipped back to their points of origin

CAUGHT RED-HANDED. The government found 9 40-foot containers in Cagayan de Oro carrying municipal waste from Australia, meant to be used by Holcim as fuel to make cement. Photo from Bureau of Customs

Canada taps firm to ship out its garbage from Philippines by end of June

May 23, 2019 - 12:19 PM

'The removal will be complete by the end of June, as the waste must be safely treated to meet Canadian safety and health requirements,' says the Canadian government

TAKE IT BACK. The EcoWaste Coalition holds a protest on April 29, 2019, to call on Canada to take back its garbage from the Philippines. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Duterte orders return of trash to Canada

May 22, 2019 - 4:43 PM

An 'outraged' Philippine President orders that a private shipping company dump the trash within Canada's territorial waters if Canada refuses to accept the garbage

Environment activists belonging to the waste and pollution watch group Ecowaste Coalition staged a die-in protest in Makati on May 21, 2019, calling on the Canadian government to comply with the Basel convention. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

67 container vans of Canada garbage remain in Subic port

May 21, 2019 - 10:22 PM

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Chairperson and Administrator Wilma Eisma says the cargo forwarder that will transport the containers back to Canada is still evaluating the containers

No new date for garbage shipment after Canada misses deadline

May 21, 2019 - 7:29 PM

Canada only manages to book a handler that will ship back the garbage on May 19, or 4 days after the May 15 deadline

The EcoWaste Coalition hold a protest action to push for the long delayed re-export of Canadian garbage in Philippines to its origin following of President Rodrigo Duterte ultimatum held at near Canadian Embassy in Makati on 29 April 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Philippines recalls envoys after Canada misses deadline for garbage shipment

May 16, 2019 - 8:52 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Philippines will 'maintain a diminished diplomatic presence' in Canada until its garbage is removed from the Philippines, says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

The EcoWaste Coalition hold a protest action to push for the long delayed re-export of Canadian garbage in Philippines to its origin following of President Rodrigo Duterte ultimatum held at near Canadian Embassy in Makati on 29 April 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Canada to pay for shipping out 69 container vans of trash – Malacañang

May 07, 2019 - 9:05 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte gives Canada until May 15 to start transporting the illegally-shipped garbage out of the Philippines

The EcoWaste Coalition hold a protest action to push for the long delayed re-export of Canadian garbage in Philippines to its origin following of President Rodrigo Duterte ultimatum held at near Canadian Embassy in Makati on 29 April 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Duterte’s trash threat embarrasses, infuriates Canadians

Apr 25, 2019 - 1:49 PM

Some say, 'shame on us,' others call the Philippine president a ‘boor'

DUMPED IN PH. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada in 2013. File photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Otso Diretso bets on Duterte’s Canada rant: Be tough on China too

Apr 24, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Reelectionist senator Koko Pimentel says that President Duterte's threat of war against Canada is just ‘exaggeration’

Otso Diretso candidates Florin Hilbay and Samira Gutoc campaign in several towns in Pangasinan on April 24, 2019. Photo by Rappler

Canada vows to resolve garbage row after Duterte threat

Apr 24, 2019 - 1:45 PM

(UPDATED) The Canadian embassy says their country 'is aware of the court decision ordering the importer to ship the material back to Canada'

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

Duterte tells Canada he's sending back their garbage

Apr 23, 2019 - 8:01 PM

The Philippine President advises Canada to 'prepare a grand reception' for their tons of trash

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

Customs, Phividec to go after Verde Soko for S. Korean garbage import

Feb 26, 2019 - 7:59 PM

The consignee meant to process the trash, Verde Soko, is absent during the hearing

Members of the Ecowaste Coalition shows up signs condemning and protesting the importation of hazardous waste materials from South Korea inside the Mindanao International Container Terminal in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental on Sunday, January 13,2019. The 1,400 tons of waste inside 51 40-footer containers will be ship back to South Korea onboard M/V Kalliroe on January 14,2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler/Rappler

WATCH: 'Bounties for Basura' video documentary trailer

Feb 07, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The video is a teaser for a documentary that captures a pilot project testing how bounty incentives could catalyze and self-organize grassroot communities for sustainable environmental impact

South Korea taking back trash dumped in PH, Canada's plans still murky

Jan 13, 2019 - 3:40 PM

'Sending the garbage back to its origin is only just, moral, and lawful,' says EcoWaste Coalition

Garbage from South Korea to be sent back

Jan 02, 2019 - 10:55 AM

(UPDATED) January 9 is the target date for the return of the trash shipment to Pyeongtaek City in South Korea, says a Customs official

REPATRIATION OF GARBAGE. The 51 cases of trash that were misdeclared as 'plastic synthetic flakes' are set to be sent back to South Korea. Photo from Shutterstock

South Korea to take back trash 'as soon as possible'

Nov 22, 2018 - 11:40 AM

South Korea commits to take back the waste dumped in Misamis Oriental and vows to prevent similar incidents from happening again

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Garbage from Korea more manageable than Canada case – DENR

Nov 13, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda says there is 'no need to worry' and he will see to it that the garbage is shipped back to South Korea

Trouble in Panglao: Erring establishments, politics add to garbage woes

Oct 31, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Tourism facilities are contributing to Panglao’s struggle with trash while mayors fight it out

In Panglao: Tourism funds waste management and conservation

Oct 30, 2018 - 10:09 PM

Tourism brings in revenues also spent to curb the garbage problem

New system for old problems: Panglao's struggle with solid waste

Oct 29, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Old and new problems pose challenges to Panglao’s waste management system

Garbage in paradise: The price of Panglao’s rise as tourist destination

Oct 28, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Panglao, often promoted as an alternative to world-famous Boracay, has a long history of neglecting solid waste

CLEAN-UP. Children often volunteer with Plastic Free Bohol in picking up trash along the coastlines of Bohol. Photo by Ben McCormack

The problem with plastics: stopping it 'at the source'

Sep 15, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Brands need to give consumers options that encourage them to reuse, recycle, or return their plastic packaging instead of throwing them away after one use

Rubbish mostly plastics littering the shoreline of Freedom Island in Paranaque City polluting Manila Bay. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Why can’t the Philippines solve its trash problem?

Sep 14, 2018 - 3:59 PM

Seventeen years after its enactment, LGUs struggle to implement our solid waste management law

The Ocean Cleanup project sails out to sweep Pacific plastic

Sep 11, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The ambitious project by The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch non-profit group, hopes to clean up half of the infamous garbage patch within 5 years when all systems are deployed

OCEAN CLEANUP! Ocean Cleanup's System 001 is towed out of the San Francisco Bay in San Francisco, California on September 08, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Ombudsman suspends DENR exec over Canada trash

Jun 29, 2018 - 4:41 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman also says it found probable cause to file graft charges against Environment Undersecretary Juan Miguel Cuna for 'gross inexcusable negligence' over the controversial shipment

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

Quezon City garbage collection to continue during Holy Week

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:10 PM

The regular garbage collection schedule in barangays and main roads will be followed from March 26 to April 1

UNINTERRUPTED. Garbage collection in Quezon City is uninterrupted during the Holy Week. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Devotees leave 15 trucks of garbage after Nazareno 2018 procession

Jan 10, 2018 - 1:49 PM

Collected trash were mostly plastic water bottles, styrofoam food containers, and carton boxes among others

Huge file of garbage were left by devotees along Quezon Blvd near the Quiapo church after the Translacion

Bali declares 'garbage emergency' amid sea of waste

Dec 28, 2017 - 1:39 PM

Often dubbed a paradise on earth, the Indonesian holiday island has become an embarrassing poster child for the country's trash problem

WASTE. This photo taken on December 19, 2017 shows rubbish collectors picking up trash on Kuta beach near Denpasar, on Indonesia's tourist island of Bali. Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP

Pimentel calls for Senate probe into Canada trash

Dec 21, 2017 - 2:56 PM

103 container vans of trash from Canada were illegally shipped by an Ontario-based company to Manila from 2013 to 2015. They remain on Philippine ports.

DUMPED IN PH. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada in 2013. File photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

LIVE: House hearing on South Korean garbage smuggled to Cebu

Nov 21, 2017 - 3:34 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler on Tuesday, November 21, 9 am

TIMELINE: Canada garbage shipped to the Philippines

Nov 16, 2017 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) The garbage was illegally shipped to the Philippines from Canada in 2013

Plus points on human rights, a miss on environment for Justin Trudeau

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:07 PM

(UPDATED) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is confronted by the issues of human rights, women empowerment, and his country's illegal shipment of trash to the Philippines at the 31st ASEAN Summit

MAN OF THE HOUR. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at the International Media Center for the 31st ASEAN Summit on November 14. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Trudeau says ‘now theoretically possible to get back’ Canada trash in PH

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:14 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says they are still ironing out certain details like who should bear the financial responsibility for taking back the trash, shipped to the Philippines by a Canadian company

GARBAGE PROBLEM. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at the International Media Center for the 31st ASEAN Summit on November 14. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

4 hard truths about Justin Trudeau

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has impressed world leaders and swooning girls alike, but he has been hit for his views on climate change and using PR stunts to distract the public

THE RETURN. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in the Philippines on November 12 for the 31st ASEAN Summit. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler