- Thousand bales waste materials found scattered in a warehouse in Cagayan de Oro City
- The garbage contains toxic and bio-hazardous waste
- An environment group called for the garbage to be returned to South Korea
A thousand bales of garbage found shipped from South Korea were found in a warehouse in Cagayan de Oro City, according to GMA News.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said the shipment was declared to contain plastic synthetic plates but it was found out that it contains a combination of toxic and bio-hazardous waste such as old batteries, dextrose tubes and diapers.
The garbage reportedly weighs around 30 tons.
The environment bureau said the shipment possibly slipped through the Bureau of Customs (BOC) by misdeclaration.
The waste found in the city is different from the 51 containers which were also found in the country containing waste materials.
DENR has yet to file a case against the importer.
Moreover, an environmental group named EcoWaste Coalition called on authorities to return the plastic waste to South Korea amid the still-unresolved 50 containers trash problem with Canada shipped in 2013.
“We find this latest incident of plastic waste dumping outrageous and unacceptable. Why do we keep on accepting garbage from other countries when we know that our country’s plastic waste, which is literally everywhere, is spilling to the oceans and endangering marine life?” EcoWaste Coalition national coordinator Aileen Lucero said in a statement.