June 06, 2019

The shocking truth about the “garbage ship”: Rebel travels to the Philippines to uncover the facts

Jessica Swietoniowski and Keean BexteRebel Reporters

Tons of Canadian garbage, in 69 cargo containers, has been raising a stink in the Philippines for six years, and their fed up government is finally sending it all back to us.

As the ship carrying tons of our trash makes its way to British Columbia, The Rebel is going on the road to get the facts — not the "green" spin Minister of the Environment Catherine McKenna is putting on this environmental and diplomatic disaster.

You see, for some strange reason, Minister of the Environment Catherine McKenna is absolutely ecstatic to be repatriating this garbage, to then incinerate it and turn it into electricity.

Since McKenna doesn’t have more than a surface level understanding of pretty much anything, let's break down for her the climate impact of this whole debacle:

First: the transportation costs. Six years ago, this waste was put on trucks bound for the Vancouver shipyard. Dozens and dozens of containers. Then they were they loaded and shipped on a diesel guzzling transport vessel to the Philippines. Six years later, all of that ground and sea will be re-covered to send it to an incineration facility on top of a mountain in B.C.

Second: methane generation. Studies show that over the first year of garbage being set in anaerobic conditions, similar to those of a shipping container, 0.12 tonnes of methane is emitted.

Methane is a greenhouse gas, which as Liberals will tell you with horrified looks on their faces, has 2500 per cent more of an impact on global temperature per molecule when compared to a molecule of CO2.

It has been reported that the garbage in question weighed approximately 1,350 tonnes.

This means upwards of 162 tonnes of methane and over 4,000 metric tonnes of CO2e were emitted in just the first year it sat stagnant in the Philippines.

And remember: It was there for six years.

For the third and final emission point comes the actual burning.

To learn about the noxious gasses and heavy metals this final part of the process will produce, WATCH our report.

All this is why Jessica Swietoniowski is headed to the Philippines next week, to ask the people what they think about one of the richest countries in the world sending them their trash.

I’m a proud Canadian but I’m ashamed of all this.

You'll be able to watch all my reports at GarbageShip.com

And if you can, please help cover her economy-class airfare to the Philippines, to cover this important diplomatic and environmental story.

It’s a long journey but one we need to take, with your help, to report things about this scandal that you’ll never hear on the CBC.

VISIT GarbageShip.com for more.



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commented 2019-06-07 02:56:59 -0400
The key issue here is who owned the recyclable garbage. It was likely either a city, municipality, province or private firm who contracted with a company in the Philippines. Either party then contracted with a shipping firm. The Federal Government had to step in, but I highly doubt they caused the problem. Please be careful when using words such as ‘we’ and ‘our’. Just who is ‘we’?
These aren’t Canadian recyclables. They may have originated in Canada, but were privately owned when exported.
Your focus should be to identify the party who owned the recyclables and whether the Feds will sue them into the stone age to recoup taxpayer expenses.
May I also suggest that Keenan use his economic prowess to compare the financial cost and emissions of burning versus disposal in a zero emission landfill.
commented 2019-06-06 21:50:24 -0400
I travelled the Philippines in early 2000. On the road to Cavette (a resort) I came across a chicken wire fence some 20 feet tall and 100s of yards long. Behind this fence was plastic pop and water bottles piles high. I asked why this was on the bank of a river. They wait for cyclone to hit the island and then cut the fence and all the plastic is washed out into the ocean, very sad. Check it out when you are one the Philippines
commented 2019-06-06 20:04:34 -0400
Look beneath your lid some morning.
See those things you didn’t quite consume.
The world’s a can for your fresh garbage.
commented 2019-06-06 17:29:59 -0400
An observation:
I don’t know if it was intentional or not, but I appreciate the juxtaposition of that picture of a dour, sour Climate Barbie, bad complexion, big butt, dead-eyed, mousey hair and all – with the first words of this article: “Tons of Canadian garbage…raising a stink…”
As a solution, maybe we could round up all those Liberals and their fellow conspirators hell-bent on destroying Canada, lock them up in those metal shipping containers, put them on a dock somewhere for a couple years, until we figure out what to do with them…
commented 2019-06-06 14:24:27 -0400
McKenna and Horgan will dump it in the ocean when no ones looking because we all know they are both good at dumping sewage into our waterways!!
commented 2019-06-06 13:51:25 -0400
ANDREW STEPHENSON commented 1 hour ago
How would YOU handle the trash, then?…………………………………

Andy Boy, we is all goin to get it dumped on top of your burrow.
commented 2019-06-06 12:59:03 -0400
Don’t bother arguing with Leftards, they simply refuse to see the hypocrisy of their actions and thoughts.
commented 2019-06-06 12:27:23 -0400
How would YOU handle the trash, then? Leaving it stewing there isn’t really an option, and it wasn’t like McKenna was the one who shipped it off in the first place.
commented 2019-06-06 12:21:14 -0400
Don’t lose your objectivity Rebel.
Facts (from media and anecdotal)
• The “garbage” shipment was supposed to be recyclables but the originating company shipped garbage – the company’s fault. Mistake or purposeful is unclear but irrelevant to corrective action.
• Shipment occurred during the last months Harper’s term (which is irrelevant), but yes, Trudeau failed to deal with it until Duterte threatened “war”
• Philippines practice open-burning of garbage, which is ironic to the crux of this story
• Philippines coasts, especially around cities, are open sewers and garbage dumps
• Latest tech incinerators (to energy) are one of the most environmentally sound means to deal with garbage https://www.cleanharbors.com/services/technical-services/waste-disposal-services/incineration
• Talk to your frequent guest Michelle Sterling (Friends of Science) regarding hi-tech incineration compared to other disposal methods like landfills and ocean dumping.
• Duterte is making efforts to clean up his country, but Canada is by far more environmentally conscious
• Trudeau’s immigration policies are detrimental to Filipinos seeking to immigrate (perhaps bcuz they speak English, have western values, and are primarily Catholic)

When you go there, please don’t stoke the flames with anti-Canadian rhetoric, that’s Justin’s job.
The Philippines is NOT Canada’s dumping grounds. The shipment was supposed to be a business transaction for RECYCLABLES. Many developing nations employ 1000’s of people to recycle “approved” materials for recycling. I reiterate, this shipment was a mistake (or fraud perpetrated by the company).
commented 2019-06-06 12:00:04 -0400
Methane might have 2500 percent more effect on climate, but it is measured in Parts per BILLION.
commented 2019-06-06 11:54:58 -0400
The Philippines was paid by Canada to take this garbage, so why cry now? Australia does much the same with its garbage, Materials that they promised Australia to be recycled are just sitting there untouched.

I recently saw an Australian documentary on this subject. Massive lots full of recyclable plastics untouched for as much as seven years – the period the plastics were shipped there.

BTW, everyone is commenting about adult diapers in this trash. Hard to believe but baby and adult disposable diapers can be recycled.

I just wonder if the Philippines will refund us what was paid to take this garbage, and for two-way shipping?