Envi group wants long-term solution on waste importation
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – With the entry of garbage shipments from other countries, environmental group Greenpeace Philippines has called on Congress to craft a law that would totally ban waste importation for good.
Greenpeace Philippines issued the statement in light of the entry of tons of garbage from Canada, South Korea, Australia, and Hong Kong.
Most of the imported trash, however, had been sent back after the government adopted a strong stance against garbage being dumped in the country from other countries.
In a statement posted on its website Saturday, Greenpeace Philippines expressed skepticism that the stopgap measures being implemented by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and other government agencies could not prevent garbage importation in the long run.
For instance, Greenpeace said the DENR rule on imposing a three-month moratorium on all wasterelated imports will likely help control trash importation but not put a stop on it altogether.
“We need urgent action on long-term solutions. If the