Philippines to Return Illegal Garbage Shipments to Korea

  • By Kim Hyo-in

    January 04, 2019 09:43

    The Philippines will return some 6,500 tons of illegally dumped Korean garbage.

    The Environment Ministry said Thursday that the garbage will be sent back since a Korean company here illegally exported it to the Philippines. "We're talking with the Philippine government over when and how to return it," a ministry spokesman said.

    The mountains of garbage were sent to the Philippines in two shipments in July and October last year. The Philippine importer reported them as "plastic synthetic flakes" to authorities, but an uproar ensued when local media reported last November that they were in fact mountains of used diapers, light bulbs and medical waste.

    The importer still claims the shipments were legally imported plastic for recycling, and Manila continues to investigate.

    "We'll begin the process after the Philippine government finishes investigating," a ministry official said. The return shipment is expected to cost tens of millions of won. The Korean exporter is being investigated by police here. 

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