Yesterday, I sat down for an interview with Lea Gurrero, the Country Director for Greenpeace Philippines. I asked her about the conflict between Justin Trudeau and Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte over Canada's Garbage Ship and how common it is for nations to export their waste to the Philippines.
Because most waste is discovered accidentally during spot checks, Lea believes many other cases haven't been documented and that Trudeau's "Garbage Ship" is only the tip of the iceberg. Japan and South Korea have also been caught exporting illegal waste (including syringes and adult diapers) that was "misdeclared as recyclable".
Waste exported to the Philippines and Indonesia often ends up in open dumps and fields once used for farming, further amplifying the environmental and economic damage of Canadian waste.
According to Lea, the solution is waste minimization and reducing the use of plastic packaging.
WATCH the full interview to see how Lea is pushing for President Duterte to enact a ban on waste imports. Also, please visit GarbageShip.com to see all of my reports from the Philippines.