Finally, Canadian trash dumped in PHL sails back to Canada after 6 years

The containers of trash from Canada sail aboard Liberian-flagged MV Bavaria back to Canada / compiled photo from Inquirer and Rappler 

Finally, the 69 containers of trash from Canada that was illegally dumped to the Philippines between 2013 and 2014 are now sailing back to where it’s from.

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority confirmed that the containers stored at the Subic Bay Port for years have been pulled out early Friday, according to Philstar’s report.

"A total of 69 garbage-laden containers — 67 of which were stored in Subic since 2013, and 2 brought in from Manila recently — were loaded onto MV Bavaria, a Liberian-flagged container ship commissioned to transport the containers back to Canada," the SBMA said in a statement.

MV Bavaria, a Liberian-flagged container vessel, docked at the New Container Terminal-1 in the Subic Bay Freeport on Thursday afternoon to pick up loaded containers with tons of garbage from Canada. It sailed out Friday morning.

Following the recent threat from MalacaƱang that Manila would cut diplomatic ties with Ottawa, the Canadian government has made good on its promise to take back its tons of waste.

Greenpeace Philippines, EcoWaste Coalition, BAN Toxics, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives and Break Free from Plastic Movement sent off the garbage with a message in a banner saying:  “We are not the world’s dump.

Another banner also says, “Never again, ban waste imports to stop pollution.”

“We need to learn from this prolonged ordeal and make sure it is never repeated. Never again shall we allow other countries to trash our dignity, our people’s health and the environment,” said Aileen Lucero, EcoWaste national coordinator.

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