Did you know there’s an international treaty that forbids developed countries like Canada from shipping their garbage to developing nations like the Philippines? Beyond the legal status of the garbage in this case, there’s an interesting ethical question about who is responsible for “orphan” trash, and who is responsible for making sure such trash doesn’t end up orphaned in the first place. >>>
Fifty containers of reeking Canadian garbage, including used adult diapers, have been languishing in the port of Manila for almost two years, sparking recent protests in the Philippines by environmental and public health activists.
The protesters, among them a Catholic priest, say the containers hold toxic and hazardous waste, although a recent study by Philippines officials suggests they’re simply stuffed with household trash…..