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A Toxics-Free Future


Southeast Asia

The noodles and barbecue arrive within 30 minutes. The containers they come in could be around for hundreds of years thereafter.

BEIJING — In all likelihood, the enduring physical legacy of China’s internet boom will not be the glass-and-steel office complexes or the fancy apartments for tech elites.

It will be the plastic.

Quezon City, Phiippines

The waste and pollution watch group EcoWaste Coalition today denounced the latest attempt to dump into the Philippines mixed plastic waste this time from Hong Kong, China.

The incident reinforces the call made by the group urging the government to formalize as soon as possible President Rodrigo Duterte’s marching orders issued last May 6 banning waste shipments from other countries. 

They call it “e-waste recycling.” But what happens inside Asia’s underground scrapyards looks more like crude alchemy.

Quezon City, Phiippines
Now is the time to ship back to Canada their rotting garbage in the Philippines, no ifs or buts about it.  

Environmental justice activists belonging to the waste and pollution watch group EcoWaste Coalition affirmed this message as they stage a die-in protest outside the Canadian Embassy in Makati City to push the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to speed up the removal of their garbage out of Manila and Subic Ports.

Quezon City, Phiippines

As the annual Brigada Eskwela goes in full blast starting today, participating schools are reminded to be mindful of the government's environmental and health policies aimed at promoting a conducive learning environment for children.

Quezon City, Phiippines

The waste and pollution watch group EcoWaste Coalition exhorted the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) to take President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement against waste importation to heart and bring the Philippines in alliance with other countries that have taken action to ban foreign waste imports.

Last Monday, May 6, President Rodrigo Duterte issued a verbal directive against waste importation amid the country’s long-running garbage feud with Canada.


Negotiators from more than 180 countries are nearing agreement on a global ban on a toxic chemical linked to cancer and other health issues, but China is pushing for an exemption for use in firefighting foams, campaigners said on Wednesday.

(Göteborg, Sweden) Alarming levels of some of the most toxic chemicals, including brominated dioxins and brominated flame retardants, were found in consumer products made of recycled plastics sold in Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, the EU, India, Japan and Nigeria.
TAKE YOUR GARBAGE BACK: Protesters led by the EcoWaste Coalition gather outside the Canadian Embassy in Makati City to urge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to respect the ultimatum set by President Rodrigo Duterte for the immediate repatriation of the thousands of tons of garbage illegally shipped to the Philippines from Canada in 2013-2014 in violation of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal.

IBALIK SA CANADA:  Nagprotesta ang grupong EcoWaste Coalition sa labas ng Embahada ng Canada sa Lungsod ng Makati upang igiit na mabilis na ibalk sa Canada ang sanglaksang basurang iligal na ipinasok sa Pilipinas noon 2013-2014 matapos magbigay ng ultimatum si  Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa pagsasauli ng mga ito sa Canada.
Makati City/ Quezon City, Philippines

One week after President Rodrigo Duterte issued an ultimatum to the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, citizen protesters led by the EcoWaste Coalition trooped to the Canadian Embassy in Makati City to demand the immediate re-export of Canada’s overstaying wastes in the country to their origin.