Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) said in a statement on May 22 that ECC Minister Catherine McKenna announced that the Government of Canada awarded a contract to Bolloré Logistics Canada to safely bring back the trash from Philippines to Canada as soon as possible.
“Canada values its deep and longstanding relationship with the Philippines and has been working closely with Filipino authorities to find a solution that is mutually acceptable,” said Minister of ECC Catherine McKenna.
She added that Canada is pleased to announce that it has awarded a contract to bring the waste back promptly and to ensure its safe and environmentally sound disposal.
“Canada has amended its regulations to prevent this from happening again and is looking at ways to hold the responsible parties to account,” she noted.
ECCC said that the contracted company will begin preparation for shipping in the coming days, the removal will be complete by the end of June, as the waste must be safely treated to meet Canadian safety and health requirements.
It added that safe and environmentally sound disposal in Canada of the waste material will take place before the end of summer 2019.
“The costs associated with the preparation, transfer, shipment, and disposal of the waste will be assumed by the Government of Canada,” ECCC said.