BOC GIVES SOKOR JAN 9 DEADLINE TO SEND BACK GARBAGE
The Philippines has given South Korea authorities until January 9 to send back 6,500 tons of garbage that was illegally shipped to the Philippines.
John Simon, port collector of the Bureau of Customs Mindanao International Container Terminal said during a press conference on Wednesday that the move is meant to send a message to South Korea and other countries that the Philippines “is not a dumping ground.”
“We, as a country have the power to send back garbage that was dumped by other countries,” Simon told reporters.
He said the shipment of 51 containers were misdeclared as recyclable plastics
And is seen as the biggest garbage which arrived in the country to date. Aside from garbage, the shipment contained “special or hazardous wastes.”
The shipment entered the Tagoloan port in Misamis Oriental last July and was imported by Verde Soko Industrial Corp. and the South Korean government is investigating the exporter of the garbage.
It can be recalled that Canada also dumped garbage to the Philippines in recent years.