Greenpeace: Philippines is not a dumping ground for foreign trash

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First Canada, now Australia. Philippine media is reporting that a shipment of trash has been intercepted, now originating from Australia. Representatives from Greenpeace Philippines cry foul, saying that the Philippines is not a dumping ground for foreign trash.




WHAT IS GREENPEACE PHILIPPINES?

Greenpeace is a non-governmental environmental organization founded in 1971 when a small group of American and Canadian environmental activists got on a boat from Vancouver to protest nuclear testing in Alaska.

Greenpeace now has 39 offices around the world, with its headquarters in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Greenpeace employs more than 2,400 people, and is supported by over 15,000 volunteers.

Greenpeace receives funding from from private donations and foundation grants.

Greenpeace is controversial for taking direct action against what they perceive as environmental wrongdoings. From individuals to corporations to entire countries, Greenpeace has been unafraid to bring their protests to the attention of the general public.




WHAT’S GOING ON NOW?

Philippine media is reporting that a shipment originating from Australia was intercepted by customs officials in Tagaloan, Misamis Oriental.

It is being reported that the broker responsible for this shipment is the same company that brought in a previous shipment of trash from South Korea.

That shipment of trash has since been repatriated, and the cost of the return shipment was shouldered by the South Korean Government.

The broker is being reported as Holcim Philippines.




WHAT IS THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT SAYING ABOUT THIS NEW REPORT?

“It will be offensive to this government to be a recipient of trash. We are offended by that. We will not allow it. We’ll send them back,” Salvador Panelo, presidential spokesperson said in a statement.

Panelo took time to make mention about the status of the shipment of containers of trash originally from Canada, saying that President Rodrigo Duterte is not extending the deadline.




AUSTRALIAN TRASH DECLARED AS PROCESSED ENGINEERED FUEL

Greenpeace Philippine representatives said that “The use of waste-to-energy is illegal in the Philippines under the Clean Air Act and the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.”

Greenpeace Philippines also said that “waste-to-energy technologies harm our people and our environment and further contribute to the destruction of our climate. These types of technology have no place in a country that struggles from the effects of the climate crisis.”




WHAT IS PROCESSED ENGINEERED FUEL?

Processed Engineered Fuel (PEF) is an alternative to fossil fuels for use in cement kilns.

The use of PEF includes combustible material such as recyclable plastics, cardboard, paper and waste timber. It’s claimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Greenpeace begs to differ.





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