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QC dad asks city gov’t to ban Canada waste

Aug 17, 2015 @ 3:21

Quezon City Councilor Dorothy Delarmente is urging the city government to prohibit the disposal of imported waste from Canada at the Payatas landfill.

Delarmente filed her resolution seeking to preempt any plans of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) to divert some of the foreign garbage in Quezon City.

The councilor noted that BoC “was reportedly scurrying for alternative sites where the illegal garbage imports from Canada can be disposed of after Tarlac and Bulacan provincial officials raised legitimate objections to foreign waste being dumped in local landfills.”

“The Quezon City Council finds the dumping of foreign waste in our country totally inexcusable and unacceptable and demands that such unethical and unlawful act be brought [to] a halt,” the proposed resolution read.

Environmental groups such as EcoWaste Coalition have expressed their support to Delarmente’s call, saying its passage would be a “great gift that the councilors can give as the city marks on Aug. 19 the 137th birth anniversary of former President Manuel Luis Quezon after whom the city was named.”

“They will surely earn ‘ganda’ and ‘pogi’ points for saying ‘no’ against dumping,” the group’s head Lucero said.

Other Quezon City-based groups, such as Ang NARS, Ban Toxics, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino-NCR, Greenpeace and Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment, are also backing up the proposed resolution.

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