A six year long dispute between Canada and Philippines has finally come to an end with the former agreeing to bear the cost of bringing 69 shipping containers laden with household garbage back to the Vancouver port. The containers had been shipped to Philippines nearly six years ago wrongly labeled as plastic trash.
“This is a file we’ve certainly been working hard on for a long time — obviously an irritant in our relationship with the Philippines, but also a problem,” Catherine McKenna told reporters in Ottawa Thursday.
“We’ve had a team that’s been working extremely hard, including from Environment and Climate Change Canada, to find a solution. I am not going to go into the details but there is a proposal on the table with the Philippines and we are hopeful we can come to a resolution.”
McKenna said she would not “speculate” on where the garbage will go when it returns to Canada, nor would she disclose the cost of bringing the trash home.