MANILA – "Garbage" from Australia that arrived in the Philippines in May will be shipped back, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr said Monday, maintaining Manila's stand that it is not a destination for rich nations' trash.
Locsin said he does not care whether the shipment would be used for cement-making. Seven 40-foot container vans arrived in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental and was consigned to cement-maker Holcim.
“O, by the way, the garbage from Australia, that's going back too. No, I don't give a flying f**k that it is used in making cement,” Locsin said on Twitter.
“If that is so cement makers should formally import the ingredient so it goes nowhere but to their plants.”
Holcim said the shipment contained “processed engineered fuel” (PEF) and were truthfully declared. Customs said the shipment contained "municipal trash" or those that are found on the streets of a municipality.
The trash from Australia was just one of the garbage shipments that reached the Philippines in recent months. Garbage from South Korea and Hong Kong also earned the ire of Filipino officials.
Manila recently shipped back tons of garbage to Canada that a private entity brought to the Philippines.