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Waste in Southeast Asia: Take back your trash

After months of diplomatic wrangling, the Philippines send more than 1300 tonnes of waste to Canada. The people fight back against their country to the international garbage dump.

Container is hoisted on to the freighter "MV Bavaria". 69 pieces included explosive cargo: more than 1,300 tonnes of canadian trash, the stores for a good five years in the Philippines.

Officially, it should be plastic waste in the Southeast Asian country should be recycled. But it is domestic waste: waste paper, plastic bottles and full diapers. And this garbage is not wanted in the Philippines. For years, the two countries had negotiated in the past few months, debates over what should be done now.

"it is Not the garbage dump of the world"

The Philippines withdrew its Ambassador from Canada, President Rodrigo Duterte threatened in his usual dramatic rhetoric, even with the war. Now it was time: "you load the ship and once that is done, moves it over to the Chinese port of Kaos young to its Terminus at the international port of Vancouver," explains the Head of the port authority, Wilma Eisma. And it was a Moment of pride for all Filipinos.

The Minister of foreign Affairs of the country declared the matter closed. Was accompanied by the departure of protests. "Take back your trash", on posters, and Hats of the protesters and "The Philippines are not the garbage dump of the world".

In November 2014, a Philippine control of American customs officials Container control with waste from Canada.

waste is not recycled

"The garbage trade is acceptable. This is a despicable method, which applies mainly to the global North to the trash to get rid of you in your countries are not able to handle," explains Lea Guerrero, Greenpeace: "This is a garbage trade has a negative impact on the human rights of those who have to accept the garbage."

Since more and more images of plastic Bergen, Halden, the, whole villages are surrounded, illegally flared plastic heap from Indonesia, Malaysia and other countries in Southeast Asia are popping up, there has been a growing resistance in these countries. The rich North should keep its garbage.

to China since 2018 no plastic waste from the industrial countries. Since then, much of it is sent to Southeast Asia - officially for Recycling. But Malaysia's environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin said a few days ago: "The citizens of great Britain believe that this Material is sent for Recycling. But it will only be dumped in our country as garbage."

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