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Quezon City – After the Canadian waste was shipped back to Canada last week, another controversial waste shipment, this time a 40-foot container van containing shredded gadgets and computers from Hong Kong, is being sent back today from the Mindanao International Container Terminal.  The shipment has apparently been in the terminal since January 2, but only discovered on May 22.

Hong Kong E-waste Re-exportation. © Froilan Gallardo / Greenpeace

Bureau of Customs Port Collector John Simon opens a container van containing 22 sling bags of 2.561 tons of mixed electronic wastes before it will be sent back to Hong Kong at the Mindanao Container Port Terminal in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.
Greenpeace is calling for the Philippine government to ratify the Basel Ban Amendment, which prohibits the import of all waste for any reason, including “recycling.” © Froilan Gallardo / Greenpeace

Lea Guerrero, Country Director, Greenpeace Southeast Asia – Philippines, said: “We commend our customs inspectors for spotting this illegal waste shipment, and the quick action on the return of the waste to Hong Kong. In contrast to the return of the Canada waste last week, this shipment is being sent back in full transparency, and with the presence of civil society and media.

HongKong E-waste Re-exportation. © Froilan Gallardo / Greenpeace

An electronic-waste inside a container van before it is officially shipped back to Hong Kong at the Mindanao Container Port Terminal in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.
Greenpeace is calling for the Philippine government to ratify the Basel Ban Amendment, which prohibits the import of all waste for any reason, including “recycling.” © Froilan Gallardo / Greenpeace

“While it is a good thing that this waste shipment was discovered, preventing the entry of other waste shipments from Hong Kong, this and the other similar cases are a clear indication that the Philippines is wide open to illicit waste importation. We see a pattern of misdeclaration, falsified documents, fake businesses, and loose regulatory systems that allow this to happen. What about the waste shipments that have escaped inspection?

“As a first step, the government needs to implement a comprehensive ban on waste shipments and ratify the Basel Ban Amendment. However, we also need to plug internal holes in the system–whether faulty regulations, inadequate monitoring, or corruption.  Otherwise, we will continue to be at the receiving end of waste shipments–and worse, unable to hold responsible countries and parties accountable.”


Media contacts:
Lea Guerrero, Country Director, Greenpeace Southeast Asia – Philippines
+63 908 885 1140 | lea.guerrero@greenpeace.org

Angelica Carballo Pago, Media Campaigner, Greenpeace Southeast Asia – Philippines
+63 949 889 1332 | angelica.pago@greenpeace.org