Mindanao Times

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

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