Canada to Defuse Trash Dispute With Philippines
Following a threat by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to “declare war” over 2,200 tons of Canadian garbage that’s been rotting in his country for over five years, Ottawa announced yesterday that it will spend more than $800,000 to bring it back. A Canadian company had originally shipped 103 containers of trash mislabeled as recyclables to Manila, forcing the Philippines to dispose of some but leaving 69 containers to rot.
How serious does garbage get? It’s unclear if diplomatic relations will recover soon — especially after Canada missed a May 15 deadline to retrieve the trash, prompting the Philippines to recall its ambassador from Ottawa.