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Waste from ships returns to Canada from the Philippines



Ship Anna Maersk arrives at Roberts Bank Harbor with 69 containers of mostly paper and plastic waste returned from the Philippines in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on June 29, 201

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TORONTO (Reuters) – A A ship carrying 69 containers of waste misused as plastic recyclables returned to Canada from the Philippines on Saturday. It closed a chapter on a dispute that began in 2013, sparking diplomatic turmoil between Ottawa and Manila.

The shipment was picked up by the container ship Anna Maersk, which docked near the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, and reached GCT Deltaport in Delta, British Columbia, part of Greater Vancouver, GCT said in a statement.

Sarah Lusk, spokeswoman for Metro Vancouver, said the waste would be sent to a waste-to-energy facility in Burnaby, where it would be burned, but added that there was "uncertainty about the timing" and the facility You may not get the garbage over the weekend.

Dumpsters became part of a diplomatic dispute between Manila and Ottawa when Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Canada with war and withdrew high-ranking diplomats from Canada after Canada missed the deadline for taking back the garbage on May 15.

The waste was shipped to the Philippines in 2013 and 2014 and labeled as recyclable plastic. Instead, it was filled with trash, including used diapers and newspapers. A Filipino court ruled in 2016 that it should be returned.

Canada made arrangements to accept the containers at the end of May and said that it had commissioned Bollore Logistics Canada to return them safely as soon as possible.

Waste disposal has become a political issue between Southeast Asian and industrialized countries. Malaysia is the youngest country in May, with countries such as the US, Japan, France, Canada, Australia and the UK recovering 3,000 tonnes of plastic waste.

The Department of the Environment and Climate Change in Canada told Reuters earlier this month that the government is in talks with Malaysia to recycle Canadian-made plastic waste.

Reporting by Tyler Choi; Edited by Daniel Wallis

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