THE Philippines will ship back to Canada the wastes that arrived in the country in early 2013, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said Tuesday.
In a statement, the BOC said an inter-agency committee has agreed to push through with a court’s order on the repatriation of the 2,500 tons of trash that came from Vancouver.
The inter-agency committee includes the BOC, Departments of Foreign Affairs, Environment and Natural Resources, and Justice.
In a meeting Monday, Customs said the committee expressed favor on the June 30 decision of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 1 Judge Tita Bughao-Alisuag, ordering the shipping back of the wastes to Canada at the expense of the importer.
The June 30 court order covers fifty forty-footer (50×40) containers found to have assorted heterogeneous plastic materials, all consigned to Chronic Plastics Inc.
The containers, parked at the Subic and Manila International Container Yards, are said to be causing port congestion, posing hazards to public health, and incurring expenses on the part of BOC.