MANILA- The Philippines returned some 2,676 metric tons of trash to South Korea, the Bureau of Customs said in a report on Wednesday.
The garbage was stored at the PHIVIDEC Industrial Authority premises in Misamis Oriental since 2018, the BOC said.
The 151 containers of trash were part of the 5,000 tons of garbage that South Korea committed to help ship back to their country after these were illegally exported to the Philippines in July 2018, Customs Commissioner Leonardo Guerrero said.
The Philippines last year returned 51 containers of trash to South Korea, and another 50 containers in January.
The third batch, composed of 50 containers, was shipped to South Korea on March 21.
Some 2,500 tons of garbage still needs to be shipped back to South Korea, Guerrero said.
“Rest assured that the Bureau will undertake all the necessary means, within the bounds of law, in order to expedite the re-exportation of these wastes,” he said.