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#1 FleurDeLune

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 01:04 PM

Now is the time to retort this issue. 
 
Group urges China to probe trash shipment from Hong Kong


MANILA, Philippines — China should investigate the entry of mixed plastic waste shipment from Hong Kong, environmental watch group EcoWaste Coalition said as it reiterated the Philippines is not a dumping site of trash from other countries.


While the issue of garbage from Canada remains unresolved, an attempt to bring mixed plastic scraps, shredded electronics and residual waste materials from Hong Kong was discovered by the Bureau of Customs.


“We denounce this latest attempt to bring into the country over 25 tons of mixed plastic waste from Hong Kong amid our nation’s ongoing efforts to send back similar illegal waste shipments from Canada and South Korea,” Aileen Lucero, EcoWaste Coalition national coordinator, said Friday.


Lucero said the move was “truly ironic,” noting that China closed its doors for plastic waste imports from overseas in 2018. China’s ban on plastic waste imports caused the surge of trash shipment to Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines.


“We therefore request the Chinese government to seriously look into this matter,” she said.
Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China.


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#2 N5500

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 11:19 PM

 

Now is the time to retort this issue. 
 
Group urges China to probe trash shipment from Hong Kong


MANILA, Philippines — China should investigate the entry of mixed plastic waste shipment from Hong Kong, environmental watch group EcoWaste Coalition said as it reiterated the Philippines is not a dumping site of trash from other countries.


While the issue of garbage from Canada remains unresolved, an attempt to bring mixed plastic scraps, shredded electronics and residual waste materials from Hong Kong was discovered by the Bureau of Customs.


“We denounce this latest attempt to bring into the country over 25 tons of mixed plastic waste from Hong Kong amid our nation’s ongoing efforts to send back similar illegal waste shipments from Canada and South Korea,” Aileen Lucero, EcoWaste Coalition national coordinator, said Friday.


Lucero said the move was “truly ironic,” noting that China closed its doors for plastic waste imports from overseas in 2018. China’s ban on plastic waste imports caused the surge of trash shipment to Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines.


“We therefore request the Chinese government to seriously look into this matter,” she said.
Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China.


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the big question is, who is profiteering from accepting the trash?



#3 Hellmarch

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 06:37 AM

This already happened before and it took awhile to send the trash back Canada .

If this would continue we are going to have smokey mountain 101 literally

#4 camiar

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 09:30 AM

Do not be misled by people trying to politicize the issues on waste processing and recycling.

 

Importation of waste plastic for recycling is not equivalent to garbage dumping.

 

We have a developing industry that recycles plastic waste into reusable products.

 

Indiscriminate ban on importation of waste plastics will k*ll this budding recycling industry.

 

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 01:10 PM

We should be vigilant about illegal importation of non-recyclable hazardous waste, hospital waste, toxic chemical waste, etc...

 

But to indiscriminately ban  all importation of waste including those that can be reprocessed and recycled, labeling all of them as trash, shows our  ignorance irresponsibility.



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Posted 26 May 2019 - 03:05 PM

Also if I may add this,, an article of Mr. Ramon Tulfo with regards to the matter,, quote lang,,

 

Gold out of other countries’ garbage

May 11, 2019

If Canada dillydallies in taking back the 69 containers of trash it shipped to the Philippines in 2013 and 2014, let’s not make a big fuss over it.

We can get back at that country later for making us its garbage dump. Our past president, Noynoy abnoy kuyakoy, unfortunately for us, was servile to the white race.

Meanwhile, we can consider the offer from Conch Venture Holdings, a Chinese company that converts trash into energy, to take care of all our garbage.

As special envoy to China, I met with Conch executives who came to Manila to make the offer to solve our garbage problem by converting trash into energy.

My special envoy office has connected the Conch executives with officials of the Department of Energy (DoE) who received them warmly.

The Conch executives were also warmly received by officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) led by no less than Secretary Roy Cimatu.

Conch, a state-owned firm which claims to have solved 70 percent of China’s waste disposal problem, is asking our government for the following:

– Minimum of 4,000 metric tons of solid wastes every day to generate 80 megawatts of power output.

– Between 15 and 23 hectares of land area for its plant.

– Industrial water consumption of 400 to 420 tons per hour. Water does not have to be clean because they can clean it.

– For a smaller plant generating 60 megawatts power output, it needs 3,000 metric tons per day of solid waste, 12 to 18 hectares of land area and industrial water supply of 310 to 315 tons per hour.

Conch asks that if possible the location of its plants be placed near or in any of our big freeports or ecozones where they can distribute the power generated to large industrial consumers.

Now, from my talks with Conch executives they want to come in and do business with our country.

If it can be provided with the garbage requirements and location, Conch says it can build the plant or plants any time it’s given the go-signal.

Quezon City can provide all the requirements Conch needs, but its local government is now tied up in a contract with a group belonging to business tycoon Manny Pangilinan.

However, it’s not known when Pangilinan’s group can set up the trash-to-energy plant.

The national government has entrusted to all local government units (LGUs) the task of disposing of their garbage.

I’m just thinking aloud: Why doesn’t our government charge countries that want to export their garbage to the Philippines exorbitant fees?

We can then convert all the garbage that comes to us into badly needed energy or electricity.

We can make gold out of other countries’ garbage.

Again, I’m just thinking aloud.

 

-If something is too good to be true,, more often than not hindi mangyayari yan,,



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Posted 27 May 2019 - 12:02 AM

^^^ The Waste-to-energy power plant that Conch Venture Holdings proposes will not be allowed in the Philippines unless we amend the Philippine clean Air Act of 1999.

 

RA 8749 (Philipopine Clean Air Act of 1999 - authored by Sen. Honasan) prohibits incineration of municipal waste. Household trash is considered municipal waste. Unless we repeal or amend the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999, we are forbidden from incinerating trash to generate energy.

 

Needless to say, a lot of technology development have been introduced since 1999. We have technologies that enable us to burn or chemically convert municipal waste in a safe and clean manner to convert it to energy. Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999 is fast becoming technologically obsolete today.

 

Singapore, despite its strict Clean Air Protection Law, has a municipal waste incineration plant that converts household garbage to electric power.


Edited by camiar, 27 May 2019 - 12:14 AM.

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#8 Marco_W

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Posted 27 May 2019 - 07:06 AM

China was once the dumping ground for majority of plastics around the world. Ever since they banned most of it from coming in, the pressure has mounted for countries to find ways to deal with their garbage. One such victim is Malaysia who is also trying to battle illegal shipments of waste products.

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Posted 27 May 2019 - 10:32 AM

China was once the dumping ground for majority of plastics around the world. Ever since they banned most of it from coming in, the pressure has mounted for countries to find ways to deal with their garbage. One such victim is Malaysia who is also trying to battle illegal shipments of waste products.

 

Yes we should be vigilant about illegal importation of garbage masquerading as recyclable waste.

 

But the majority of waste coming in are legally imported recyclable and re-process-able waste.

 

One way of preventing illegal importation is to require pre-inspection of the materials at the country of origin before being allowed to leave port. And then, officially designate only one or two accredited ports to receive such shipments so it can be strictly inspected and controlled.


Edited by camiar, 27 May 2019 - 10:34 AM.


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Posted 29 May 2019 - 08:45 AM

No wonder Canada is so clean all their waste were being sent to us, I hope our government will not tolerate this kind of act.

 

 


Edited by ron120580, 29 May 2019 - 08:47 AM.


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Posted 29 May 2019 - 10:33 PM

di lng nman Pinas ang ginagawang dumpsite pati na rin yung ibang ASEAN countries

 

yung Malaysia pumapalag na rin.

 

pero yung Holcim ang sabi fuel daw yung pinadala na gagamitin daw nila!



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Posted 30 May 2019 - 10:29 AM

di lng nman Pinas ang ginagawang dumpsite pati na rin yung ibang ASEAN countries

 

yung Malaysia pumapalag na rin.

 

pero yung Holcim ang sabi fuel daw yung pinadala na gagamitin daw nila!

 

Holcim's claim is true. The waste plastics they imported will be used as secondary fuel for their cement kilns. Their primary fuel is pulverized coal.

 

Secondary fuels can be:

  • Petroleum coke (Refinery byproduct)
  • Shredded Rubber tires
  • Rice husks / Corn husks / Agricultural biomass waste
  • Municipal waste-derived fuels (scrap wood, plastic wastes)
  • Dried Sewage sludge

Compared to petroleum coke and shredded rubber tires, plastic waste is cleaner and will generate less SOx to the environment.


Edited by camiar, 30 May 2019 - 10:31 AM.


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Posted 31 May 2019 - 08:40 PM

 

Holcim's claim is true. The waste plastics they imported will be used as secondary fuel for their cement kilns. Their primary fuel is pulverized coal.

 

but yung nasabat hindi nman pwedeng gawin secondary fuel.

 

ok lng sana kung gagamitin ng isang private company like what Holcim is doing.

 

meron naman silang lupa bakit ayaw nilang idump o sila na mismo magrecycle....



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Posted 01 June 2019 - 12:48 PM

 

but yung nasabat hindi nman pwedeng gawin secondary fuel.

 

ok lng sana kung gagamitin ng isang private company like what Holcim is doing.

 

meron naman silang lupa bakit ayaw nilang idump o sila na mismo magrecycle....

There are legitimate importation of recyclable waste and there are illegal ones.

 

We should not allow legitimate re-cyclers to suffer just because of the few rogue ones.

 

We should be vigilant on the unscrupulous importers who smuggles in trash.

 

The best control is to require pre-shipment inspection before leaving its country of origin, and designate strictly limited number of seaports that should receive shipments of recyclable waste.  


Edited by camiar, 01 June 2019 - 12:50 PM.


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Posted 06 June 2019 - 02:49 PM

The best step is to stop importations of those so called recyclable materials and ensure a stricter monitoring of imports from other countries as they might try to smuggle their trash.  If found, government should penalize the importer and have so called importer ship back the trash back to its origin.



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Posted 06 June 2019 - 04:24 PM

Malaysia is also turning back the cargo ships with plastic waste. The lie is that plastic from rich country countries will be "recycled". Reality is that poorer countries are abused as dumping sites. Message: Stop #GarbageColonialism. Don't throw your s@%t in neighbour's garden.

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 12:04 AM

The best step is to stop importations of those so called recyclable materials and ensure a stricter monitoring of imports from other countries as they might try to smuggle their trash.  If found, government should penalize the importer and have so called importer ship back the trash back to its origin.

Kaya nga magandang suggestion yung pre-inspection of the recyclable waste materials at its country of origin BEFORE they are shipped to us.

 

This will make it difficult for a few unscrupulous exporters to smuggle trash to other countries  by mis-declaring them as recyclable waste.






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