The garbage war between Canada and the Philippines continued on Saturday as Vancouver ports got ready to accept a shipment that contains 1,500 tonnes of garbage. The garbage sailed from the Philippines into Canada, where it will then be processed by Metro Vancouver's Solid Waste Operations. This shipment comes months after the Philippines President threatened Canada with war for using their land as a dump site.
The massive shipment of garbage was originally sent from Canada into the Phillippines for recycling in 2013. Once arriving at the Philippines, inspectors discovered that the shipping containers that were labelled as recyclable plastics contained items that were not recyclable at all.
Since then, the Philippines have been attempting to get the shipment worth of trash sent back to Canada. Back in 2016, a Filipino court order was passed to return the trash back to Canada. However, it was reported by CBC that Canadian officials continued to try and convince the Philippines to dispose of the garbage themselves.
However, the Phillippines refused and threatened war with Canada if they refused to take the garbage back by May 15, 2019. Canada missed the deadline.
Now, over a month past the deadline of when the garbage was supposed to return into Canadian waters, Vancouver is getting ready to process this mass amount of trash.
According to CBC News, the Metro Vancouver's Solid Waste Operations plant that will be processing this garbage over the next few days says it isn't worried about it affecting their normal operations.
Chris Allan, who oversees the operations at Metro Vancouver's Solid Waste Operations told CBC that the team processes about 260,000 tonnes of garbage a year and should be able to process the 1,500 tonnes from the Philippines in under two days.
He states that the garbage will be handled in the evening over the next few days to minimize the impact that this shipment has on the normal operations of the plant.
In fact, not everything about this political dispute is for the worse. CBC even claims that when the garbage is incinerated in Vancouver, it will be turned into enough energy to power a hundred homes for a year.
CBC states that an attempted resolution to this dispute is crucial for these two nations, especially given the relations that these two countries share.
Returning the garbage back to Canada may finally put an end to the garbage war that has been blossoming for over six years.
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