The government wants the 5,100 tons of imported wastes by Verde Soko Philippine Industrial Corporation, a new plastic recycling plant located inside the Phividec Industrial Estate at Sitio Buguac, Barangay Santa Cruz, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental to be returned to South Korea. This was according to DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda citing the Basel Convention, which regulates the transboundary movement of wastes. More details at GMA News HERE.
The Bureau of Customs-Northern Mindanao earlier confirmed that the shipment was misdeclared and without import clearance. Accordingly, the shipment was declared as “plastic synthetic flakes” but other trash like wood, dextrose tubes, used diapers, batteries, electronic parts, among others were found mixed in the shipment. Just a few months ago, Phividec Industrial Authority (PIA) and Verde Soko signed a memorandum of understanding for the said project.
Photos below show Tagoloan Mayor Heckert Emano and staff together with Customs officials during the recent inspection of the firm’s 4.5-hectare compound.
Clearly, that’s a wood waste at the center.
The firm however, denied the wastes are hazardous but shredded plastic wastes set to be recycled and processed into plastic briquettes and pellets. Read article below.
Below are photos of the processing or recycling plant.
The Provincial Board of Misamis Oriental has endorsed the issue for a Congressional inquiry.
Meanwhile, a second shipment of 1,500 tons of the same wastes from South Korea also intended for the same firm was put on hold by Customs officials at the Mindanao International Container Port in Tagoloan. More details below.